When you can’t afford private health insurance, Medicaid covers you and your family for basic health care services such as doctor visits, prescription drugs, and mental health and substance abuse treatments.
Learn more about how Richland County Job & Family Services can help you get covered.
Richland County Job & Family Services determines eligibility for Medicaid programs that provide health care coverage to:
To be eligible for coverage, you must:
Conditions of Eligibility & Required Verifications
In Ohio, most individuals who have Medicaid must join a managed care plan to receive their health care. Managed care plans are health insurance companies that are licensed by the Ohio Department of Insurance and have a provider agreement with the Ohio Department of Medicaid to provide coordinated health care to Medicaid beneficiaries. These managed care plans work with hospitals, doctors and other health care providers to coordinate care and to provide the health care services that are available with an Ohio Medicaid card.
Once you are approved for Medicaid, you will receive information in the mail to help you select a managed care plan. You will have the opportunity to change managed care plans during open enrollment each November.
Managed Care plans act just like regular health insurance. Once you are enrolled in a managed care plan, you should receive a new card in the mail.
Ohio is now accepting applications for Medicaid under the expanded guidelines implemented under the Affordable Care Act.
Medicaid Expansion expands Medicaid eligibility to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level and includes adults without children (under age 65). Gross monthly income is used to determine eligibility. See the chart below to determine if you might qualify for Medicaid under expansion based on your household size and income.
|138% of Federal Poverty Level|
(gross monthly income)
If you are not eligible for MAGI Medicaid, not receiving SSI, and are 65+ and/or blind/disabled with no SSI, you may still be eligible for Medicaid.
Older Adults and People with Disabilities
|Who is covered?||Income and |
|Older Adults |
(65 or older)
& Disabled People
|Uses Federal Benefit Rate||$750||$1,125||$2,000||$3,000|
* Some eligibility categories have various resource tests. Deductions and exemptions apply.
Medicare is different from Medicaid. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for persons age 65 and older, and to some persons of all ages who have a disability. The Medicare Premium Assistance Program (MPAP) is a program for Medicare consumers whose income is too high to qualify for Medicaid. This program helps people eligible for Medicare who have limited income and assets get help in paying the cost of one or more of the following:
No face-to-face interview is needed to apply for the Medicare Premium Assistance Program. Consumers may call 800-324-8680 for an application or apply through Richland County Job & Family Services.
When applying for MPAP, proof of income, resources, age or disability, citizenship (if not a U.S. citizen) and other health insurance is required. Applicants can ask an authorized representative to apply on their behalf.