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ODM Reports on Eligibility Backlog at Monthly Meeting

At a February meeting with the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), representatives from ODM reported that the number of Medicaid pending cases beyond 45 days is down to 8,399 pending cases. To date, ODM’s efforts have been focused on initial applications, but ODM plans to begin focusing on renewals in the next couple weeks. 

ODM was informed by CMS during its audit that a signature is required upon renewal, and that an authorized representative can be the person providing the signature. This longstanding requirement will be put into place in the next 2 to 3 months after ODM provides training to the counties.

LeadingAge Ohio has been active in advocating solutions related to Ohio’s backlog in Medicaid eligibility and asks members to reach out to Susan Wallace, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs at to share whether they’ve seen improvements in longstanding pending cases, as well as particularly challenging cases to be forwarded to ODM. LeadingAge Ohio also encourages members to use the reports available via the MITS system to identify those residents who are approaching renewal.

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