Thursday, December 11, 2008

Health Insurance in Ohio

In today's difficult economy, many people are finding it hard to get or keep jobs that provide health insurance. A mother recently contacted ASAN Southwest Ohio with an inquiry regarding insurance options for her autistic son, who was working part-time in a position that did not provide health insurance. He was about to turn 19 years old, which was the age cutoff for dependent coverage under the mother's health policy.

We provided information about Ohio's Medicaid health insurance program for workers with disabilities. Ohio has a buy-in program that was created to enable Ohioans with disabilities to work and still have access to Medicaid health care coverage. The program covers both part-time workers and full-time workers. Depending on a worker's income, premium payments may or may not be required.

In addition, we advised her to check with her health insurance company to find out if her policy allowed continuing coverage for adult children with disabilities after the usual age cutoff.

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