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First Annual Fresh Start Gala
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus invites you to the First Annual Fresh Start Gala benefitting the Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project. Join us in celebrating the hard work of the pro bono volunteers with appetizers, drinks, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Legal Aid Society of Columbus Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project. Mingle with fellow practitioners and local judges and bid on enticing items, including suite tickets to a 2016 Columbus Crew game, a spa day, and Shadowbox Live performances. Get your picture taken with OSU’s 2006 Heisman Trophy Winner, Troy Smith. Complimentary self-parking in the Huntington Garage. We hope to see you there! Click here to register.
Get help online!
Our Access to Justice (A2J) online application is an interactive interview that will walk you step by step through our intake process. This easy to follow question and answer session will help us better understand your problem so we can give you a more accurate response to your needs. It also saves our intake workers time and allows us to help more people. Our A2J system has been operational for three years and in that time it has enabled us to promptly process over 8000 applications! Rest assured that your data is safe and will not be shared with anyone.
Click here or click on the picture to the right to try A2J today.
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Settlement Reached in Homewood v. McCarthy reinstating benefits for over 180,000 Ohio Medicaid Recipients and Overhauling Renewal Process
The Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services and Marshall & Morrow reached a settlement agreement with the Ohio Department of Medicaid on May 11, 2015. The agreement brings Ohio's Medicaid renewal process into compliance with federal law and results in the reinstatement of Medicaid coverage for all beneficiaries across Ohio who lost coverage between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2015 as a result of the flawed renewal process. The agreement also reinstates coverage for the individual Plaintiffs and members of the two organizational plaintiffs, Community Development for All People and Community Refugee and Immigration Services, who lost Medicaid coverage as a result of Ohio's Medicaid renewal process.
It may be time to renew your Medicaid
The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is required to verify continued eligibility for most people on Medicaid every 12 months. This process is called "Medicaid Redetermination," "Recertification," or "Renewal". Each month starting in January, ODM is sending enrollees a 14-page packet to complete. Many people did not receive their packets due to incorrect addresses.
Recipients who receive a packet can renew their benefits by supplying the required information in one of the following ways:
• Online at benefits.ohio.gov (click on the "renew my benefits" tab)
• By going to their county Job and Family Services office,
• Or mailing the packet back to your county Job and Family Services office, with $.70 postage (Note: some packets have the wrong address).
What to Do if You Receive a Letter Terminating Your Benefits
If the renewal information is not received on time, Medicaid recipients will receive a letter terminating (ending) their benefits. People who get a termination letter have 90 days to appeal the decision. If the hearing officer decides in your favor, your Medicaid will be reinstated and it will be retroactive – your medical bills for those 90 days will be covered.
If you appeal within the first 15 days, you get to keep your Medicaid while waiting for the appeal. You will probably get your Medicaid back faster if you appeal within the 90 days rather than re-apply.
If you miss the 90-day deadline, you can re-apply for Medicaid.
If you have received a termination notice you may contact our office for possible legal representation. You can call our intake line at (614) 241-2001 or apply online, here.