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Most older Ohioans prefer to live independently in their own homes, in their communities, surrounded by family and friends, for as long as they can. But, many need some help doing so. Ohio's PASSPORT Medicaid waiver program helps Medicaid-eligible older Ohioans get the long-term services and supports they need to stay in their homes or other community settings, rather than enter nursing homes, when appropriate.

PASSPORT is a two-pronged program. The first part is a pre-admission screening during which interested consumers are screened by telephone to determine preliminary Medicaid eligibility and care needs. They are also provided information about the variety of long-term care options available.

The second part of PASSPORT is home care. Once a consumer is determined eligible a case manager works with him or her to develop a package of in-home services to be provided by local service providers. The case manager then monitors the care for quality and changes the care plan as necessary.

Services available through PASSPORT include:

  • Personal care, homemaker, and chore services;
  • Nutritional counseling and home delivered meals;
  • Adult day care and independent living assistance;
  • Emergency response;
  • Medical equipment and supplies;
  • Social work counseling;
  • Medical transportation;
  • Waiver nursing; and
  • Out of home respite.

Participants also receive a Medicaid card that entitles them to Medicaid benefits including: physician care, hospitalization, prescription drugs and many other services. Case managers help participants develop a care plan and will monitor and adjust the plan according to the needs of the participant.