Buckeye Prepares for November Ohio Medicaid Open Enrollment

Medicaid enrollment process changes to single month in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Buckeye Community Health Plan (Buckeye) is gearing up for Medicaid's open enrollment period in November. This marks the first time that Ohio's 1.5 million Medicaid-eligible residents will have a single open enrollment. More information about this new Medicaid enrollment process can be found calling the Managed Care Enrollment Center at 1-800-605-3040 (TTY 1-800-292-3572).

 November has been designated as the statewide annual open enrollment month by The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' (ODJFS') Bureau of Managed Care for the Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD) and Covered Families & Children (CFC) programs for Medicaid recipients.

 In the past, the annual open enrollment periods for both programs had been staggered throughout the year in the eight state-designated regions in which the two programs operate.

o The state hopes the single open enrollment time frame will eliminate confusion among Medicaid eligibles.

 Buckeye is a Medicaid managed care provider that serves members throughout the state, and is one of the health plan options for CFC and ABD eligibles in various regions.

 Buckeye serves CFC members in two of the state's regions: Northwest and East Central. Additionally, it operates its ABD program in three regions: Northeast, East Central, and Southwest. (See attached map for more detail.)

 Buckeye has distributed plan information to all CFC and ABD eligibles in its regions to remind those people about open enrollment and to promote Buckeye as an option. The health plan will also participate in health fairs and other community activities throughout November to provide eligible residents with more information.

 Buckeye's services include:
Coverage for all medically necessary, Medicaid-covered services, including
Well exams
Shots/immunizations
Specialists services
24-hour health information line
Incentive program for pregnant women
Transportation to covered appointments.

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