Medical assistance resumes for low-income Ohioans

(Plain Press, August 2004) A program to help low-income people pay for needed medical services has been resumed—at least temporarily--by the State of Ohio .

The Disability Medical Assistance Program, closed last July because of budget problems, reopened on July 15.

It assists low-income people who need medical help but do not qualify for Medicaid.

It helps pay for doctor bills, medication and other medical services.

To qualify, low-income persons must be certified by a physician to be “medication dependent” and must meet the state’s resource and income limits. Certain income is not counted.

The Cuyahoga County Department of Employment and Family Services is now taking applications for the program at the Cuyahoga County Department of Employment and Family Services’ Neighborhood Family Service Centers . The two Neighborhood Family Service Centers in the area served by the Plain Press are the Ohio City Neighborhood Family Service Center in the United Building at 2012 W. 25 th Street (216-556-8889), and the Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center at 9830 Lorain Avenue (216-939-2523).

The application is also available on the Cuyahoga County Department of Job and Family Services website at: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ofam/cmandfsa.stm. The application can be downloaded, printed and submitted to the local CDJFS.

After completing the application a face-to-face interview with a Cuyahoga County Department of Job and Family Services caseworker is required.

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (216-687-1900) urges persons who might qualify to apply immediately because it is uncertain how long the program will continue. Some think that applications may close again in the near future.

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland serves low-income persons unable to afford legal help in Cuyahoga, Lake , Lorain , Geauga and Ashtabula counties.

 

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