Instead of standing on the sidelines and complaining about problems and barriers faced by people with disabilities, would you like to get involved in advocating for solutions? Then join LEAP in its mission of advancing equal opportunities for all persons, regardless of disability!
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and will continue to be implemented by the Obama administration. The law greatly increases the number of Americans, including persons with disabilities, who will have access to health care coverage.
Ohio is currently implementing many projects that are part of the ACA, including Ohio’s Dual-Eligible Proposal and Health Homes for persons with significant mental illness. (Dual-eligible refers to persons who have both Medicare and Medicaid health care coverage.) LEAP has been involved with making sure the consumer voice is at the table as these major changes are implemented. For more information, visit the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation web site.
Insurance Enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace: If you are uninsured, don't have Medicare or Medicaid, or don't have insurance through your employer, you need to act now. March 31 is the deadline to apply for coverage beginning April 1, and open enrollment ends March 31. To compare plans and purchase insurance, go to the Marketplace.
My Care Ohio: Ohio's Integrated Care Delivery System
The Integrated Care Delivery System (ICDS) is a system of managed care plans selected to coordinate the physical, behavioral, and long-term care services for individuals over the age of 18 who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. This includes people with disabilities, older adults, and individuals who receive behavioral health services. Special rules apply to persons with developmental disabilities. Ohio’s ICDS is called My Care Ohio. To learn more about this program, read the My Care Ohio information sheet for consumers.
Act Now! My Care Ohio
Do you belong to an organization or work for an agency that serves individuals who will be affected by My Care Ohio? Would you like to help LEAP educate Northeast Ohioans and do targeted outreach to those who will be part of this demonstration project? Contact us to learn how you can get involved.
Will you need to enroll in My Care Ohio to receive your Medicaid coverage? LEAP is seeking individuals to participate in a grassroots consumer group dedicated to ensuring that the new system meets the needs of people with disabilities. Group members will learn how to have an impact on their own health and long-term-care services, as well as how to influence the ways in which managed care organizations provide care and services for their members. Group members must be 18 years of age and live in one of the seven regions in Ohio that are participating in this demonstration project. (Note: if you live in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, or Medina counties, you will be part of this demonstration project.) Contact us to learn how you can get involved.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, a new group of Ohioans (adults ages 19 to 64) became eligible for Medicaid. Apply today!