Integrate Medicare and Medicaid Benefits

Approximately 182,000 Ohioans are covered by both Medicare (because they are over age 65 or disabled) and Medicaid (because they have low income). Medicaid and Medicare are designed and managed with almost no connection to each other, and the long-term care services, behavioral health services and physical health services that are provided to individuals who are eligible for both programs are poorly coordinated. In 2012, Ohio Medicaid launched a new integrated care delivery system (ICDS) called MyCare Ohio for most Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries. The goal of MyCare is to manage the full continuum of Medicare and Medicaid benefits for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees, including long-term care and behavioral health care services.

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