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 Please click on the newsletter to the left as it contains important information about the Affordable Care Act and Ohio Medicaid Information!

Here are two additional resources for information about the Affordable Care Act:

Important information about Affordable Care Act and Ohio Medicaid Information

  • Get Ready to Get Health Coverage!
    • New insurance options are just around the corner!
      • On October 1, 2013, you can go to your state's new Health Insurance Marketplace to shop for  and compare different health plans side by side and choose the best plan for you and your family.  Simply fill out one application to find out your options and whether you qualify for financial help.
      • Get Ready
        • Before you apply figure out:
          • Does your employer offer health insurance?  If they do, have your benefits manager fill out the Employer Coverage Tool page of the Application for Health Coverage & Help Paying Costs, available at www.healthcare.gov.
          • What is your budget?  How much can you afford to pay per month after your other expenses?
          • What is your current income, and what do you think it will be next year?  (Include things like unemployment, Social Security, and disability benefits.)
          • Are there any specific doctors, services, or medications that you want your plan to cover?
      • Get Set
        • When you are ready to apply, you need this information for all individuals in your household (who live with you or are listed on your tax return), even if they are NOT going to apply for coverage:
          • Name and Date of birth
          • Current income and tax adjustments (such as alimony or student loan interest)
          • Employer's name and address
        • For all individuals who will apply for coverage, you also need:
          • Social Security number (if they have one) and an immigration document number and type (if they are not a citizen)
          • Current insurance information, including policy number
      • Go
        • Sign up on October 1, 2013, to get health insurance that starts on January 1, 2014!
          • Go to www.healthcare.gov to connect to your state's marketplace.
          • You can also call 1.800.318.2596.
          • Or you can fill out a paper application.
          • Local, in-person assistance will be available to help you sign up if you need it.
    • This information was presented by Families USA: The Voice for Health Care Consumers.  www.FamiliesUSA.org

    Ohio Benefits Website Connects Ohioans to Coverage

    (For newsletters and other materials that promote consumer self-service options)

    On October 1, the State of Ohio launched a new system designed to assist residents who wish to obtain health care coverage through Medicaid. Ohio Benefits is a simplified, self-service Website that makes it easier for Ohioans to learn what type of assistance may be available to them.

    Through the new Benefits portal, individuals will receive immediate notice as to whether or not they qualify for Medicaid coverage. Those who do not qualify for Medicaid will be directed to other opportunities for coverage through the federal health insurance exchange.

    Over the next two years, Ohio Benefits will become the primary resource for those seeking assistance beyond just Medicaid. In 2015, eligibility determination for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other programs will be on Ohio Benefits.

    If you or someone you know are looking to find out more about Medicaid eligibility and the new system, please visit Benefits.Ohio.gov.


Who we are

 Family Voices of Ohio is the Family Voices State Affiliate Organization.

Powerpoint presentation about Family Voices
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Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.  Through this national network, Family Voices provides families tools to make informed decisions, advocates for improved public and private policies, builds partnerships among professionals and families, and serves
as a trusted resource on health care. 

What does special healthcare needs mean?

Children and youth with special health needs include all children who have, or are
at increased risk for, chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.


We can relate

The Family Voices of Ohio Board is a well-informed, experienced group of parents fully committed to the needs and concerns of their families. The Board’s strength comes from the fact that they are all parents of children and adults who have special needs and are in close contact with other parents from the disability community. Members represent a wide variety of children , health conditions, families and communities from every region in Ohio. We include families who have children and adults with special health care needs, plus caregivers, professionals, and friends whose lives have been touched by these children. Family Voices is devoted to being a network of information and support to our fellow families.



Family Voices Family to Family  
is funded by HRSA Grant Award for Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN #H84MC12903-01-00



Providing Ohio  families with information, resources and news about special healthcare needs and disabilities.

Please Get to Know Us!

Click here to view and print a brochure for Family Voices of Ohio!

For a listing of additional upcoming conferences, workshops and educational opportunities please click on our EVENTS tab

If you have disability related information from your area in Ohio you would like to add to this site please e-mail your information to:  nicolemcassidy@yahoo.com

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