Medicaid is a state and federally funded health program for certain low-income and medically vulnerable people. As an entitlement program, those who meet all income and eligibility requirements are guaranteed coverage through the Medicaid program.
Medicaid was passed as part of the Social Security Act of 1965 and began in Ohio in 1968. Each state operates its own distinct program within guidelines established per the Social Security Act
To qualify for Medicaid, a person must:
- be a U.S. citizen or meet Medicaid citizenship requirements;
- be an Ohio resident
- have or get a social security number; and
- meet certain financial requirements.
Ohio Medicaid provides coverage to the following:
- Children (up to age 19)
- Pregnant Women
- Families with children under age 18
- Adults age 65 and over
- Individuals who are legally blind
- Individuals with disabilities
- Certain women screened for breast and/or cervical cancer under the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
Medicaid for Older Adults and People with Disabilities Fact Sheet