Disability Rights Ohio Medicaid Pro Bono Program

Disability Rights Ohio receives many calls from people across the state after their Medicaid insurance denies their requests for services or equipment and they find themselves entangled in the very complicated Medicaid appeals process. In an effort to help more people get the services or equipment they need, Disability Rights Ohio has developed partnerships with Nationwide Insurance and McDonald Hopkins, LLC, to connect people with volunteer attorneys and paralegals who provide free legal representation in certain Medicaid appeal cases. Disability Rights Ohio works collaboratively with the Nationwide and McDonald Hopkins volunteer teams to screen and refer eligible clients and provide training, case preparation and ongoing support to the volunteers.

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New Estate Planning Guide

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council has released a new book designed to improve understanding of the different strategies available for estate and special needs planning for individuals with disabilities, their families and others.

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Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS) Event at the Newport Aquarium


On the last weekend in January, the UCCEDD at Cincinnati Children’s hosted an RTS booklet release party at the Newport Aquarium, drawing over 100 guests from as far as Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee as well as regional guests from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio! The booklet, “Understanding Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome: A Guide for Families and Professionals” was developed to help family members of children with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome better explain their child’s condition to healthcare providers, teachers and family members. The booklet and event could not have happened with the generous support of the Dr. Jack Rubinstein Foundation at Cincinnati Children’s.

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Supporting Families with Nursing Denials

Our hope is to advocate for nursing solutions and policy changes that improve the health and safety of children and youth with special health care needs.

In 2019 OHF2F will:

  • Lead the Coalition for Waiver Nursing meetings and networking
  • Continue conversations with DODD and Medicaid leadership and educate them on the impact of their actions, work on collaborations, and present potential solutions.
  • Meet with and educate new Ohio legislators, policymakers, and leadership of DODD and Medicaid on this nursing care issue once new agency leadership is in place in January 2019.
  • Add information and resources on the Ohio F2F website for families impacted by the new rules on Nursing and Nursing Delegation

We urge families to contact us to share your stories and to gain support by phone at 844-644-6323 or by email at ohiof2f@cchmc.org. Or, Disability Rights Ohio intake department at (614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181.

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Ohio Department of Health seeking stakeholder input

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has been commissioned by the Ohio Department of Health to gather stakeholder input for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) five-year assessments.

You are invited to complete an online survey (5-20 minutes depending on how many population groups you select) to identify the greatest needs for one or more of the following five population domains in Ohio:

  • Maternal/women’s health
  • Perinatal/infant health
  • Child health
  • Children with special healthcare needs
  • Adolescent/young adult health

The survey will remain open through Tuesday, December 4th. Thank you for your input.

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