What is Medicaid Managed Care?
Medicaid Managed Care acts just like regular private health insurance for individuals enrolled in the Ohio Medicaid program.
In Ohio, most people approved for Medicaid are automatically enrolled for Medicaid Managed Care coverage. Shortly after enrolling in Medicaid, individuals get a letter asking them to choose a Medicaid Managed Care Plan (MCP). Once enrolled with a MCP, the plan sends a permanent card for use when seeking services from providers as well as information about the scope of coverage of the plan.
Below are the links to Ohio's five current Medicaid Managed Care plans:
- Buckeye Health Plan
- Care Source
- Molina Health Care
- Paramount Advantage
- United Health Care Community Plan
With the Ohio Medicaid Managed Care Procurement, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is in the process of scoring and awarding new managed care contracts and conducting a thorough transition to support individuals and providers in adopting program changes. More information about this effort can be found on the Managed Care Procurement page of this website.
Medicaid Managed Care differs from the Medicare program. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Visit medicare.gov for more information about the Medicare program.
Background of Medicaid Managed Care in Ohio
The Ohio Medicaid Managed Care program was initiated in 1978 in an effort to improve access, quality, and continuity of care, while reducing the growth of Medicaid spending. Beginning July 1, 2005, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) permitted Ohio to operate the program under the authority of a State Plan Amendment. In 2006, Ohio's Medicaid Managed Care program was expanded to all 88 Ohio counties.
In January 2012, Ohio embarked on a redesign of the Medicaid Managed Care program. Changes to the program reduced the state’s administrative service regions to three, combined coverage for the Covered Families and Children (CFC) and Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD) populations, covered a portion of children with special needs, and implemented several other changes aimed at improving quality of care and health outcomes for individuals. Five MCPs were selected and began providing services in all three regions in July of 2013.
Ohio expanded Medicaid coverage in January 2014 to individuals making up to 138% of the federal poverty level (Group VIII). In any given month during state fiscal year 2018, Ohio’s five MCPs provided services to an average of 2.4 million Ohioans, nearly 88% of all individuals enrolled in Medicaid.
More information about Ohio’s current Medicaid program can be found at medicaid.ohio.gov.