Chad Hibbs Appointed New Ohio Family & Children First Director
Hibbs served a combined 10 years as director of the Guernsey and Coshocton counties Family and Children First Councils before being named OFCF’s East Regional Coordinator in 2014. In that role, he managed OFCF activities in 44 counties in eastern Ohio, and served as interim project director for a $4 million Engaging the New Generation to Achieve their Goals Through Empowerment (ENGAGE) System of Care Implementation Grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The goal of the four-year grant project is to develop a statewide system of care framework for youth and young adults, ages 14-21, with mental health challenges, co-occurring disorders and multi-system needs. He previously served as executive director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Guernsey County. He is a commissioner of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, among numerous other leadership roles. He holds a master’s degree in Organization Development and a bachelor’s degree in Communication both from Bowling Green State University. Read the media release.
New Ohio Benefits Site Connects Ohioans to Coverage
On October 1, the State of Ohio launched a new system designed to assist residents who wish to obtain health care coverage through Medicaid. Ohio Benefits is a simplified, self-service Website that makes it easier for Ohioans to learn what type of assistance may be available to them.
Through the new Benefits portal, individuals will receive immediate notice as to whether or not they qualify for Medicaid coverage. Those who do not qualify for Medicaid will be directed to other opportunities for coverage through the federal health insurance exchange.
Over the next two years, Ohio Benefits will become the primary resource for those seeking assistance beyond just Medicaid. In 2015, eligibility determination for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other programs will be on Ohio Benefits.
If you or someone you know are looking to find out more about Medicaid eligibility and the new system, please visit: Benefits.Ohio.Gov. To follow the integrated eligibility work being led through the Governor's Office of Health Transformation, click here.