May 9, 2014

Medicaid expands to serve more; enrollment clinic slated for May 20

Thanks to the Medicaid expansion that went into effect on January 1, more low-income people are now eligible for free medical services.

Now, those between the ages of 19 and 64 with an annual household income at or below 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level may qualify. Anyone earning near this amount is encouraged to apply. Previously, Medicaid eligibility was limited to pregnant women, families with children, senior citizens and those with disabilities who met income guidelines.

Applying for benefits can be done online at Paper applications are also available from the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services. For more information, call ACJFS at (740) 797-2523 or the area’s Healthcare Navigator at (740) 593-0828. 

Need help applying for Medicaid? Sign up for our free Medicaid Enrollment Clinic on May 20 at The Work Station in The Plains.

The Work Station, located at 70 N. Plains Road, Suite C, will host the clinic from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. with the help of certified insurance application counselors and Affordable Care Act navigators from Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Counselors and navigators will sit with applicants individually to help them complete the process either by paper or online.

Unlike the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace, the enrollment period for Medicaid is ongoing.

The Medicaid Enrollment Clinic is by appointment only. Schedule yours by contacting:

Justin Kendrick
ACA Navigator for SE Ohio
Grosvenor Hall 061, Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-0828

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