Ohio F2F Planning, We need your input

The Ohio Family to Family Heath Information Center (Ohio F2F: www.ohiof2f.org) needs your help!

If you are a professional who serves or if you are a family member of someone between 0-26 years of age who has a special healthcare need, a (complex) medical condition or (developmental) disability, then we would like to hear from you!  

As the Ohio F2F team is planning for the next four years of our work in Ohio to support families in navigating the healthcare and health insurance systems to achieve optimal care for children with healthcare needs, we would like to get your input on what you think is missing in supporting families of children and youth with special healthcare needs, complex medical conditions and developmental disabilities to receive optimal care and live healthy, safe, happy and productive lives in the community.

The survey should not take more than 10-15 minutes. You will answer all questions anonymously, which means that no one will know that you completed the survey and that no one will know what your specific answers were. All questions should be answered in relationship to the child/youth with special health care needs/ complex medical needs/developmental disabilities.

Take the survey here

The survey will close on Friday, December 29, 2017.

Thank you so much! We greatly appreciate your input!


Medicaid Provides Crucial Services for People with Disabilities and Their Families

More than 1 in 3 adults under age 65 enrolled in Medicaid have a disability. Medicaid provides essential medical care and supportive services that help many of these individuals remain in their homes and communities.

Radically changing Medicaid’s structure to a block grant or per capita cap, as in recent Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act, would threaten the essential services that people with disabilities rely on to maintain their health and independence.

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Brown, Northeast Ohio Parent, Doctor Call on Congress to Extend Children’s Health Insurance Program

Senator has Led Efforts to Extend Funding for Program that Insures 209,000 Ohio Children

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH —Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined a northeast Ohio parent and Dr. Edward Barksdale, Chief of Pediatric Surgery at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, to call on Congress to reinvest in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as Healthy Start in Ohio, as funding is set to expire at the end of this month. Brown is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over CHIP.

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Cleveland Clinic and CareSource extend contract through end of November

August 25, 2017

Days before their contract expired, the Cleveland Clinic and CareSource signed an agreement to extend their deal through the end of November. (Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer)(Thomas Ondrey)



By Ginger Christ, The Plain Dealer, gchrist@plaind.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Clinic and CareSource agreed to extend their Medicaid contract through Nov. 30.

The decision comes two months after the companies warned their contract together would expire Aug. 31, which would have left thousands of CareSource members without access to the Clinic.

Steve Ringel, president of the Ohio market for CareSource, said the two companies have been constantly trying to come to terms.

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Cincinnati-area Managed Care Forums

Ohio Medicaid and its Managed Care Plans provide forums for families and professionals around the state to learn more about Managed Care and there will be opportunities to ask questions of Managed Care Reps.

September 12, 2017, 4:30 pm Professionals forum, 6:30 pm Public/Families forum
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – Liberty Campus, 7777 Yankee Road, Liberty Township, OH 45044
Each session will cover:
The Basics:       What is Managed Care and how can it help coordinate healthcare?
The Benefits:   Expanded health care access, coordination, and health and wellness programs
How-to Steps: How and where to sign up, including what to expect once you are enrolled
Questions:        Call toll free: 1-844-644-6323 or 513-803-3846

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State of Play: Latest update on federal health reform efforts

By August 7th, 2017

After recent failed efforts to pass a health care repeal or replace bill, Congress spent much of last week re-grouping on a future healthcare strategy. While most current signals point to the likely end of a full ACA legislative repeal effort, there is pervasive recognition that there are issues that need to be urgently addressed by Congress and the Administration such as resolving the issue of funding for cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to issuers.

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Cleveland Clinic signs deal with Molina Healthcare amid CareSource fallout

By Ginger Christ, The Plain Dealer, gchrist@plaind.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Clinic and Molina Healthcare inked a deal that will give Medicaid patients access to the Clinic’s health system.

Starting Aug. 1, Medicaid patients on Molina’s plan will be able to use Clinic services. This is the first time the two organizations have worked together on Medicaid coverage.

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The new American Health Care Act (AHCA) cuts over $800 billion from Medicaid. The proposed per capita caps and cuts will have consequences for people w/disabilities & seniors. Join us on June 6 to educate Congress about what cuts and caps REALLY means. Use this toolkit to participate in a Day of Action to #SaveMedicaid, no matter where you are.

Ohio Family 2 Family Provides Education to the Bhutanese/Nepali Population in Ohio


According to bhutaneserefugees.com, in the 1980’s the kingdom of Bhutan took a series of measures that discriminated against a section of its people. The culmination was the mass exile of one sixth of the population in the early 1990s. Bhutan has generated one of the highest numbers of refugees in the world in proportion to its population. Since 2008 a resettlement program has seen over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees move from camps to start new lives in other countries, approximately 85,000 in the United States.

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