On behalf of Castrodale Law, LLC posted in social security disability on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
The state of Ohio is moving closer to Medicaid requirements that would force people who receive the benefit to find work. The request has been officially submitted by the Ohio Department of Medicaid earlier in May. The request is for the department to create work requirements for residents who receive the benefit under the expanded program. The expansion came back in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act.
The expansion will occur once again in 2018, with 710,000 of 3 million residents in Ohio on Medicaid. The request submitted by the department in Ohio needs to be approved by the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If the request is approved, it will require people covered by the expansion to hold a job that offers 20 hours of work per week, attend job training, attend school or be actively seeking employment.
Ohio estimates that close to 95 percent of the population would either be exempt from the requirements or already meet the work requirements. In order to qualify for an exemption, a resident must be over the age of 50, be pregnant, be part of an alcohol or drug treatment program or complying with the work requirements of some other program.
The state estimates that some 18,000 enrollees will lose their Medicaid benefits due to not being able to meet the work requirements or the exempt requirements. That’s about half of the 36,000 residents who won’t meet either requirement.
Understanding Social Security, disability and Medicaid is important. You need to know the current rules and laws in place so you do not wind up losing your benefits in Ohio.
Source: Dayton Daily News, “Ohio closer to work requirements for Medicaid: What’s really going on,” May 02, 2018