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MyCare Ohio Has Begun!

Posted April 09, 2014 in LEAP in the News

MyCare Ohio Has Begun!

MyCare Ohio—the demonstration project that aims to provide better coordinated and more cost-effective health care through managed care for Ohio’s dual eligibles—has begun.

If you are a“dual-eligible”—meaning you are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid—and live in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain or Medina county, the Ohio Department of Medicaid has assigned you to a managed-care provider that is part of the MyCare Ohio project and will notify you of this assignment during April. The three participating managed-care organizations in these counties are Buckeye Community Health Plan, CareSource, and United Healthcare.

MyCare coverage will be effective May 1.

What should you do if you have questions or if you’re unhappy with the plan to which you’ve been assigned?

Don’t worry. There’s still time to change. Staff members at LEAP can help you weigh your options and make the best choice for you. Any changes you make will become effective on the first day of the next month.

“MyCare Ohio is mandatory, so it’s terribly important for consumers to choose a plan carefully,” said Deborah Nebel, LEAP’s director of public policy. “Consumers need to consider whether their doctor and specialists are part of a plan, whether the medications they take are covered by a plan, and whether their preferred hospital system is part of the plan, among many factors. We can help consumers compare and contrast the plans to ensure that they enroll with the managed-care organization that best suits their particular health care needs.”

To work through your MyCare Ohio decision with the assistance of a LEAP staff member, call 216-696-2716, ext. 2001.