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Ohio PASSPORT Program

Posted on June 14, 2015 at 7:15 AM

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.”


Categories: Affording Home Health Care Services

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