News and EventsThursday, April 16, 2015
Introducing: Ohio Benefits Long-term Care
To make it easier for seniors and people with disabilities to access long-term care services, Ohio is developing a “single entry point” system. Called Ohio Benefits Long-term Care, the system will launch July 1 and will feature:
- A website and statewide toll-free number that connects people to the single entry point (SEP) in their area (COA will be the lead SEP in southwestern Ohio. Additional organizations will also serve as SEPs)
- Streamlined eligibility and enrollment processes, including core standardized assessments.
Goals of Ohio Benefits Long-term Care are:
- Ensure that people who need long-term care have more options to receive services at home
- Break down barriers to better link people to information about home and community-based alternatives to institutional care
- Improve system performance
- Improve quality measurement and oversight.
Ohio Benefits Long-term Care is being developed by the Ohio Department of Medicaid. It is part of a federally-funded incentive program to improve access to home and community-based services while balancing Medicaid spending on long-term care.