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There are two Choices for Healthcare Open Enrollment in Ohio.


Option 1 :

Expanded Medicaid may be an option for individuals and families in Ohio with a monthly household income of 138 percent FPL or less. No application deadline.

Individuals and families in Ohio with a monthly household income of 138% FPL ($1354 per month for an individual or $2789 for a family of four) may be eligible for free or low-cost healthcare through Expanded Medicaid.   Qualified Ohioans are can apply for Expanded Medicaid any day of the calendar year.

See if you are eligible for Expanded Medicaid in Ohio and apply today.  

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*Monthly income of 138 percent includes individuals who are at 133% FPL with a 5 percent disregard during eligibility calculations. Photo credit: Ohio Medicaid

Option 2:

Open Marketplace Healthcare Enrollment may be an option for individuals and families in Ohio with a household income greater than 138% FPL. The 2020 application deadline is December 15.

The 2020 Open Healthcare Enrollment runs from November 1 – December 15, 2019. If you do not have health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source that provides qualifying health coverage, the Marketplace can help you get covered. The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.



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How do I apply for Healthcare Open Enrollment?

  • Online – If you already have an account with the Health Insurance Marketplace, you can simply login. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one.
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  • Telephone – A customer service representative at the Health Insurance Marketplace can help you fill out an application, review your choices, and enroll in coverage by calling 1-800-318-2596. This line is open 24/7 with the exclusion of holidays.
  • In-Person Assistance – Health Insurance Marketplace assisters are available in your community who are trained to help you fill out an application and enroll. Search using your zip code to find the closest one to you.
  • Paper Application – Print, complete and mail in a paper application. You will get eligibility results in the mail within two weeks.


What do Marketplace health insurance plans cover?

  • Ambulatory patient services (outpatient care you get without being admitted to a hospital)
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization (like surgery and overnight stays)
  • Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care (both before and after birth)
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment (this includes counseling and psychotherapy)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices (services and devices to help people with injuries, disabilities, or chronic conditions gain or recover mental and physical skills)
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care (but adult dental and vision coverage aren’t essential health benefits)


Can I sign up for health insurance after Open Enrollment?

If you miss the open enrollment deadline of December 15, 2019, you can enroll in the health insurance marketplace only if you qualify for the Special Enrollment Period that includes certain life events, like losing health coverage, moving, getting married, having a baby or adopting a child.



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How can I save on health insurance?

Based on your estimated income, you may qualify for a premium tax credit that lowers your monthly insurance bill, and for extra savings on out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and co-payments.


If I have employer-based health insurance, can I buy insurance on the marketplace?

If you have employer-based insurance plans, you can still buy a plan through the Marketplace, but you will pay full price unless your employer’s insurance does not meet certain standards.  Most job-based plans meet the standards.


Will I get penalized for not having health insurance in 2019?

If you don’t have coverage during 2019 and leading into 2020, the fee no longer applies. You don’t need an exemption in order to avoid the penalty. The Shared Responsibility Payment no longer applies.



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What should basic health coverage cover?

  • Hospital Expense
    Some or all the daily cost of room and board.
    Routine nursing, minor medical supplies, use of other hospital facilities as well.
  • Surgical Expense
    Pays all or part of surgeon’s fees.
  • Physician Expense
    Meets some or all the costs that do not involve surgery.
    Routine visits, x-rays and lab tests.


Are Medicare services a part of the Healthcare Enrollment Marketplace?

If you have Medicare, you cannot switch to Marketplace insurance, supplement your coverage with a Marketplace plan, or buy a Marketplace dental plan. Learn about Medicare and the Marketplace.


What documents do I need to apply for open enrollment healthcare?

Below is a checklist of what you need to make the enrolling process as smooth as possible:

  • Information about your household size. Figure out who in your household should apply before you start your application.
  • Home and/or mailing addresses for everyone applying for coverage.
  • Information about everyone applying for coverage, like Social Security Numbers and birth dates.
  • The professional helping you apply if you’re getting help completing your application.
  • Information on how you file your taxes.
  • Employer and income information for every member of your household (for example, from pay stubs or W-2s).
  • Your best estimate of what your household income will be in 2020. Visit household-information/how-to-report for help estimating your income.
  • Policy numbers for any current health plans covering members of your household.
  • A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for.
  • Notices from your current plan that include your plan ID, if you have or had 2019 Marketplace coverage.
  • Document information for legal immigrants.



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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.