Public health insurance may be available to low income Ohio residents through the Ohio Medicaid program. It’s designed to assist children, pregnant women, women with cervical or breast cancer, parents and caretakers, individuals who are 65 or older or non-residents who are experiencing a medical emergency. You may be eligible to participate in the program, depending on your income and other assets or if you meet other criteria.
Those covered by Ohio Medicaid can receive immediate medical treatment, preventive services or long-term care. Those services might include things like:
- Doctor visits and related services
- Limited dental services
- Breast and cervical cancer screenings
- Nursing facility care
- Chiropractic care
- Family planning
- Hospital inpatient and outpatient care, for a limited length of time
- Vision services including eyeglasses
- Prescription drugs
- Mental health care
- Podiatry services
- Screening and treatment services for children under 21
- Physical therapy
Prior approval is needed for some of these services, and others require a small copayment, although you may be eligible to skip the copayment. Comprehensive Ohio Medicaid info is available on the state’s website.