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Legal Aid provides updates to community partners

Posted August 29, 2017
10:23 am

Legal Aid provides a periodic update to community partners on important news and events.  To join this email list, contact Anne Sweeney, managing attorney of community engagement:

Here is an update shared today via email:

Ohio Updates:

  • CareSource consumer who receive care at the Cleveland Clinic have until November 30, 2017 before coverage is either confirmed or terminated.  Individuals and families who have CareSource as their managed care plan for Medicaid AND who receive health care from the Cleveland Clinic now have until November 30, 2017 to decide what to do.  Previously, the Cleveland Clinic sent a termination notice that would have ended health care coverage for such patients effective September 1, 2017.  Just recently, CareSource and the Cleveland Clinic announced they are making progress on a long term agreement and have extended benefits temporarily.  The Cleveland Clinic does have contracts with other Medicaid managed care plans including Buckeye Health Plan, Paramount Advantage, and United Health Care Community Plan.   CareSource consumers who want to change to another plan should call the Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-3280.  More detailed information about the changes for CareSource consumers who use the Cleveland Clinic are described in this flyer.
  • New American Sign Language resources for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing NOW AVAILABLE! Disability Rights Ohio and the Deaf Services Center worked together with support from the Ohio State Bar Foundation to create 18 videos explaining legal rights and remedies in ASL as well as services available through DRO.  The resources are available at  Examples include “Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can get help to communicate in court” and “Your right to effective communication with medical and other treatment providers” among many other important topics.
  • Ohio is eliminating Disability Financial Assistance (DFA).  State funding for Disability Financial Assistance (DFA) was recently repealed so the program will be terminated by the end of 2017.  DFA is cash assistance ($115/month) for low-income individuals with a disability who are not receiving OWF, SSDI, or SSI.  Typically, DFA provided a source of income to individuals who are unable to work but still waiting on a decision from Social Security on a pending disability application.  As of July 1, 2017, no new applications for DFA are being accepted.  Current DFA recipients are being phased out from now until December 31, 2017.  Recipients should receive prior written notice of the termination.

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