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Ohio PASSPORT Program

Posted on June 14, 2015 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

PASSPORT stands for Pre-Admission Screening System Providing Options & Resources Today. PASSPORT is a Medicaid waiver program that is intended to “help preserve the independence of the individual, as well as maintain ties to family and friends by providing services in home and community settings to delay or prevent nursing facility placement.” (Ohio Department of Aging, 2014). It can be used in conjunction with Medicare, but it differs in the type of services provided. PASSPORT is strictly non-medical services, which include the services provided by Caring Companions; whereas Medicare is medical based services (Home Health Care).

Services available include: personal care, home delivered meals, adult day care, homemaker, emergency response, medical equipment and supplies, chore, social work counseling, nutritional counseling, independent living assistance, medical transportation, waiver nursing and out of home respite (Ohio Department of Aging, 2014). These services are funded entirely through Medicaid. However, it is not uncommon for those in need to purchase additional hours of care from their home care agency.


What is unique about PASSPORT is that it gives you choice in who your provider is, both in terms of insurance provider, but also with respect to your home care provider. This empowers the client to find the best fit for their needs.


To be eligible for PASSPORT you must meet the following criteria: 1) Be older than age 60; 2)Be in need of hands on assistance; 3)Receive services that are less than 60% of what it would cost for nursing home care; 4) Have a physician’s approval; 5) Meet the County Department of Job and Family Services financial eligibility requirements.


If you need help determining eligibility or applying for PASSPORT please call (440) 544-5010 or email [email protected] to speak with one of our Caring Companions! We’re always more than happy to help “Because there’s no place like home.”


Paying for Home Health Care in Ohio

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BY: Robert Gundic


Owner, Caring Companions


According to longtermcare.gov, Someone turning age 65 today has almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care services and supports in their remaining years.Most people will need almost 2 years of home care, on average.


Concerns of paying for home health care services are rising almost as fast as the costs of health care in this country. Rest assured you are not alone if you experience angst resulting from concerns with affording home health care.


You have several options to make home health care care affordable for you without sacrificing Care or service. Several of these options are currently offered by Caring Companions.


The most straightforward of these options is most certainly private pay. Private pay clients can request either medical or non-medical services, which subsequently is the difference between home care and home health care, as well. Many companies, including Caring Companions, will typically offer variable rates based on services requested as well as reduced hourly rates once the level of service exceeds certain amounts of hours per week.


Private pay can be used to supplement insurance claims. So, for instance, your insurance may pay for 12 hours of 16 hours of need. In that case, the client would be responsible to pay for 4 hours of service out of pocket.


Clients over 60 that qualify for medicare, which typically means earning less than $2130 per month for an individual, may also qualify for Medicare or Ohio's PASSPORT program.



Medicare can help to supplement insurance claims or pay, in full, for home health services; home health services being those services that are ordered and determined by a licensed physician. Home health services include services such as wound and foot care.



PASSPORT on the other hand is for non-medical home care. These services can include companionship, medication reminders, errands and so on. Besides age and income requirements, PASSPORT eligibility is also determined by the total cost of home care that is needed. According to aging.ohio.gov, services needed at the time of application cannot exceed 60 percent of the cost of nursing home care.



Many home health care agencies can help you to sort out all of the details of these different programs. Some will even help you to determine eligibility and to apply completely free of charge. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Caring Companions via email or phone.


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