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Medicaid is a government-funded health care coverage. It provides assistance to low income and medically vulnerable people. Cuyahoga County residents, who are eligible for Medicaid, are entitled to medical services at no or low cost. [If need be, it can be retroactively applied for 3 months.] After one is approved, the client picks an MCP (managed care plan) to receive their medical care from. Any adult, ages 19-64, is eligible for Medicaid if their income is less than or equal to 138% of the FPIG.

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Employment & Family Services

1641 Payne Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114



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Healthy Start (C.H.I.P.)


Healthy Start provides FREE HEALTH INSURANCE for children of low to moderate income families. Children enrolled in Healthy Start receive services through a Managed Care Plan (MCP). Two MCPs are offered. Parents choose the best one for their family based on the selection of doctors, hospitals and locations offered by each MCP.

The MCP offers many health care services such as:

  • Well-child checkups
  • Immunizations
  • Dental Care and Treatment
  • Vision Care and Glasses,
  • Hospitalization
  • Emergency Care
  • Prescription Medicine

Your child, ages 0 – 19, is eligible if your income is less than or equal to 206% of the FPIG.

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Healthy Start FAQ

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Medicaid for Pregnant Women

With Medicaid for pregnant women, woman can receive prenatal and postnatal services.Any pregnant women, whose income is less than or equal to 200% of the FPIG, is eligible. Some women with breast and/or cervical cancer are also eligible.

Apply for Medicaid for Pregnant Women

Contact Information:


Employment & Family Services

1641 Payne Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114



Ohio Relay Service 711 Hotline:


Blind & Disabled (ABD) Medicaid

Blind & Disabled (ABD) Medicaid works out of the Specialized Medicaid Benefit Center (SMBC ) and is for older adults and individuals with disabilities. SMBC is a service center within the Cuyahoga County Department of Employment and Family Services. Ohio Medicaid offers a span of programs for older adults and people with disabilities to assist with medical expenses. These programs provide health care coverage consisting of primary and acute-care benefit packages along with long-term care. Working Ohioans with disabilities may be interested in the Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities program. To be considered eligible, applicant must be age 65 or older, considered legally blind, or an individual with a disability (as classified by the Social Security Administration).

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SMBC Office locations:

• Virgil Brown Building – 4th Floor, 1641 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, 44114

• Metro Health Medical Center

• Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) sites.

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