Health care reform measures have recently been implemented in Ohio to directly decrease the number of uninsured in the state while increasing the number of small businesses that provide employee health insurance. These recent law changes will provide health insurance access for more than 109,000 Ohioans over the next three years. The initial reforms include a rate-cap on individual coverage for those with pre-existing health conditions; increasing the dependent age coverage limit to 28 years old; soon mandating small employers permit business workers to purchase health coverage with pre-tax dollars; and extending the state’s mini-COBRA program so small business employees can maintain health benefits for themselves and their family in the event they become unemployed.
The Department’s work has only just begun. Realizing the importance of maintaining early progress, the Ohio General Assembly established the Department-led Ohio Health Care Coverage and Quality Council (HCCQC), a public-private partnership designed to continue reform efforts by improving the coverage, cost, and quality of Ohio’s health insurance and health care systems. Furthermore, the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP), a task force of the HCCQC and chaired by the Department, is advancing the adoption of electronic health records to decrease systemic costs and aid in health care delivery efficiencies.
To monitor the progress of the state’s efforts to decrease the number of uninsured Ohioans and to obtain health insurance information, please call the Department’s consumer hotline at 1-800-686-1526. Below is a breakdown of the health insurance information available on the Department’s web site. Click the link that interests you for more detailed information on the subject.
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