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Children's Health Insurance Program (Ohio)

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Ohio Healthy Start

Ohio Health Start, the state sponsored program, provides health coverage to uninsured children under the age of 19 and whose family income falls in certain income guidelines.

Eligibility Requirements
Children, who reside in Ohio and a U.S. citizen, are eligible for Healthy Start, as well as pregnant women who qualify based on income. You are not eligible if you have other health insurance in effect. The family income must meet the guidelines, which are based on no more than 200% of the federal poverty level.

Waiting Periods
There may be a waiting period from the termination date of prior health insurance, if that coverage was terminated voluntarily. Contact Ohio Healthy Start for additional information about waiting periods and what this means.

Covered Services and Benefits
Ohio Healthy Start provides benefits for:

  • Doctor Office Visits
  • Substance Abuse
  • Immunizations
  • Hospital Care
  • Lab and X-ray
  • Prescriptions
  • Mental Health
  • Dental Care
  • Vision Services
  • Nursing facility care
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital services

Health Plan Options
For more information about the health plan choices available to plan members, contact Healthy Start and the phone number listed below.

Premium Payments, Co-Payments and Coinsurance
There are no premiums or co-payments required from families in the lower income brackets. The families that qualify for the program under the higher income bracket may have minimal co-payments of $1 or $3.

Program Length, Enrollment and Renewal
Enrollment in the Healthy Start program is subject to annual eligibility review. Each year you will be required to complete a renewal application that will determine if you still qualify to have your children enrolled in this program.

Ohio Healthy Start Contact Information
Healthy Start & Healthy Families
30 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Ohio Healthy Start Website

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