Ohio is now accepting applications for Medicaid under the expanded guidelines implemented under the Affordable Care Act.

Medicaid Expansion expands Medicaid eligibility to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level and includes adults without children (under age 65). Gross monthly income is used to determine eligibility. See the chart below to determine if you might qualify for Medicaid under expansion based on your household size and income.

Household Size 138% of Federal Poverty Level (gross monthly income)
1 $1,321
2 $1,783
3 $2,245
4 $2,708
5 $3,170

Submit your application Online

The quickest and easiest way to apply for health care benefits is online at www.benefits.ohio.gov.  There you will answer a series of questions and your answers will direct you to the correct application for health care.

  • If your income is within the new legal limit implemented by Medicaid Expansion (for eligibility effective Jan. 1, 2014), you will be directed to the citizen’s self-service portal.
  • If your income is above 205 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, you will be directed to the Federally Facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace to shop for health care.

After you submit your application online, you may be asked to send verification documents to Hamilton County Job and Family Services. The best way to return documents is to fax them to (513) 946-1076. You can fax documents for free from any Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County branch.

Visit www.healthcare.gov or www.benefits.ohio.gov to learn more or call the Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680. Representatives are available to answer questions related to eligibility for Medicaid due to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion and answer questions about where to apply.

Submit a Print Application

If you are unable to complete an application online, print a Medicaid-only application, or you can complete an application in person at our office.

The best way to return a print application is to fax it to (513) 946-1076. The application can be faxed for free from an Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County branch.

You can also return applications via mail to 222 East Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202, or deliver them in person to the same location.