Assistance

Medina County Job and Family Services offers a variety of public assistance programs, each designed to provide support to your household.  Below, you can review a brief explanation for each.  Click on the link of the program you’re interested in to view additional information, application requirements, and details.

Child Care

Parents or caretakers who are working, in school, or participating in an OWF work activity, wanting to defray the cost of care for their children under the age of 13.

Child Care Details

Parents or caretakers who are working, in school, or participating in an OWF work activity, wanting to defray the cost of care for their children under the age of 13.

Child care assistance is available for qualified families with children.  Care can be provided in certified homes and/or licensed child care centers.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, in combination with Medina County govern and monitor the program.

If you are employed and/or attending an accredited school and your income is below a specified poverty level, you may qualify for subsidized child care. To determine if you qualify for child care assistance, it’s best to complete the application and submit verification of income and/or your school schedule.

The application and verifications can be faxed, mailed, or submitted in person.
Click here for the application

Information related to Childcare Assistance

Childcare Providers

Childcare Centers

Food

The Food Assistance Program is designed to supplement your monthly food needs.

Food Details

A program designed to provide supplemental income for food purchases using a “debit-like” card at participating stores.

The Food Assistance Program is designed to supplement your monthly food needs. Individuals or group of individuals who live together and typically purchase and prepare their food together can apply.

This program is income-based meaning, the amount of income to those applying, determines the amount of food assistance you’ll receive.  This income-based test is currently a factor of poverty; those numbers agreed upon by both Federal and State authorities.

You can file an application in person at our agency, by mail, fax, or online.
Click here for the application

Information and application for Food Assistance

Health and Pregnancy

Once a pregnant individual or child is eligible for Medicaid, certain health screenings are available under this program.

Health and Pregnancy Details

Once a pregnant individual or child is eligible for Medicaid, certain health screenings are available under this program.

The HEALTHCEK program is an early and periodic screening service for Medicaid eligible individuals from birth to age 21.
The Pregnancy Related Services Program (PRS) monitors the medical care of pregnant Medicaid recipients to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery for pregnant individuals.

Each of these services can be provided by a Medicaid-eligible physician.  Contact your current physician for more information or click on the link below for information from our State’s Health Plan website.

http://innerweb.odjfs.state.oh.us/ohp/countyRes/docs/HchekPgmSum.pdf

You can also contact Medina’s HEALTHCHEK/PRS coordinator at 330-722-9300

Medicaid

Medical coverage for children, families, single adults, and disabled or aged individuals.

Medicaid Details

Medical coverage for children, families, single adults, and disabled or aged individuals.  Also includes assistance with Medicare premiums and deductibles.

A state and federally funded health care plan providing assistance to low-income and medically vulnerable people. Medicaid provides health care coverage to people who meet certain financial and/or disability requirements.   All Medicaid programs require individuals and/or families meet established financial guidelines and, at times, resources (liquid assets) in order to be eligible.

Medicaid for Children, Pregnant Women and Families: Ohio Medicaid offers three programs for children, pregnant women and families.
Healthy Start: a Medicaid program available to un-insured children (up to age 19) in families with income up to 200% of the federal poverty level.  It also covers those children with insurance but lowers the poverty level to 150%.   Lastly, this program covers pregnant women in families with income up to 200% of the federal poverty level, regardless of their privately insured status.

Information relating to Medicaid for Children, Pregnant Women, and Families

Healthy Families: a Medicaid program available to families (must include a child younger than age 19) with income up to 90% of the federal poverty level.
Medicaid for 19 and 20 Year-Old Individuals: a Medicaid program for adult teens; however, parental income is still counted when the adult teen lives in the same home as the parents.  The maximum income allowed is based on the same standards as those applying for Ohio Works First cash assistance.

Medicaid for Older Adults / Disabilities:  these programs provide health care coverage for those individuals who are age 65 or older, or considered legally blind, or an individual with a disability (as classified by the Social Security Administration).  When applying for this type of Medicaid, resources, as well as income, are required to be verified.

Information relating to Medicaid for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Medicaid for Disabled Working Adults: historically, people with disabilities were often discouraged from working because their earnings made them ineligible for Medicaid coverage.  This program was created to enable Ohioans with disabilities to work and still keep their health care coverage.  This program is for persons 16 to 64 years old who are disabled (per the Social Security Administration or as determined by Ohio Medicaid) and employed in paid work (includes part-time and full-time work).  You may be subject to premium (based on your income and that of your spouse) and, like other Medicaid programs, verify your resources.

Medicaid also includes a program called, “Medicare Premium Assistance”
Residents of Ohio who are Medicare-eligible may be able to receive Medicaid assistance to pay for all or some of the Medicare premiums and/or coinsurance and deductibles.

Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Medicaid: Institutional care through Medicaid is also available. Individuals must meet certain financial and resource requirements; we’ll also review resources of the now institutionalized individual for the previous five-years.  A level of care assessment will also be conducted to identify appropriate long-term care options.
An additional computation will be completed to establish how much the individual will be required to pay towards the cost of the institution; this is called the Patient Liability.

Waiver Programs: Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waivers provide Medicaid eligible individuals in-home care instead of care in a nursing home, hospital or institution.  Disabled, aged (65 years of age >) and/or developmentally disabled individuals may qualify. Each Medicaid waiver offers different services. Please refer to Ohio Health Plans link for further information. http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/file.asp?id=1723&type=application/pdf

Family Planning Services Medicaid — The Affordable Care Act: The health insurance reform legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010 – helps make prevention affordable and accessible for all Americans by requiring health plans to cover recommended preventive services without cost sharing. Learn more about the Affordable Care Act by clicking here.

FPS is a limited-benefit Medicaid program that provides services for the prevention of or delay of pregnancy and for the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  FPS is a category of medical assistance which may be available to both men and women who apply for Ohio Medicaid.

What’s Covered under all these Medicaid Programs?
Please refer to the State of Ohio’s Office of Ohio Health Plans web page for more information on covered services as they may change often: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumers/benefits.stm
How do I apply for any of these Medicaid programs?

You can file an application in person at our agency, by mail or fax, or online.

Information and application on how to apply for Medicaid (includes disability, family, Medicare supplemental, nursing home/waiver, and MBIWD)

Information relating to Medicaid under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project

Information relating to Medicaid for those aged out of Foster Care

Disability

The Disability Financial Assistance Program is a monthly payment ($115/month) payable to disabled individuals who meet a degree of disability determined by the State.

Disability Details

Financial assistance for disabled individuals who have yet to be approved for Social Security, Disability.

The Disability Financial Assistance Program is a monthly payment ($115/month) payable to disabled individuals who meet a degree of disability determined by the State.   That “degree of disability” is determined outside the offices of Medina County, but the local office accepts applications, completes the interview, and collect verifications.  This information is then shared with the State.
Your interview with us can be completed over the phone or in person.   Your application can be faxed, mailed, or submitted in person.

Information on Disability Cash Assistance

Application for Disability Cash Assistance

Transportation

Once an individual is eligible for Medicaid, transportation services may be available for medical appointments.

Transportation Details

Once an individual is eligible for Medicaid, transportation services may be available for medical appointments (note: transportation is limited to medical appointments only).

Transportation is available to those who are Medicaid eligible. Transportation is only for qualified medical and counseling appointments.

Consumers must contact the agency to check for eligibility and schedule their transportation appointments.

If you are part of a Managed Care Plan, you’ll be required to contact them first; they may be able to provide those services for you:

If your Managed Care Plan cannot provide the transportation services you need, please call our agency for further assistance and information.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for families with minor children residing in the home.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for families with minor children residing in the home.

Ohio Works First (OWF) was established to provide time-limited cash assistance with an emphasis on employment and personal responsibility. It is reserved for families with own dependent children in the home (under 18).

It may also be issued for non-parental relatives or legal guardians/custodians for the children they are providing care for.  These “child-only”payments, are not subject to the 36 month limit.

Eligibility is based on income and family size. Adults receiving this cash payment must sign a self-sufficiency contract.  This is a contract between yourself and the State, regarding your responsibilities and opportunities while receiving cash benefits.  You may also be required to participate in a work activity.  Failing to cooperate with any of those activities may result in sanctions to this benefit.

You can file an application in person at our agency, by mail or fax, or online.

Information relating to those in need of Childcare Assistance

Application for Ohio Works First

Emergency Assistance

One time, financial assistance for emergency needs.

Emergency Assistance

One time, financial assistance for emergency needs.  This program is reserved for families with minor children who reside in the home or pregnant individuals.

The Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) program was established to help families overcome immediate barriers to self-sufficiency; a program for low-income families with children (under 18 years of age).

Who may apply for PRC?
Needy families with minor children or individuals who are pregnant; non-custodial parents of minor children (if the non-custodial parent lives in Ohio and does not live in the same household as the minor child and non-parental relatives who are caretakers of children < 18 years of age

Services are limited to one payment in a 12-month period.

Payments may be provided to prevent eviction, utility disconnection, or car repairs for those gainfully employed.

Funding and rules change often for this program.  Interested individuals should contact Medina County Job and Family Services to inquire on eligibility criteria and to request an application.