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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid Plan Changes: Is My Family Covered for Care at Nationwide Children's Hospital?

Feb 01, 2023
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More than half of the children Nationwide Children’s Hospital serves have health insurance through Medicaid, the government program for families with certain challenges.

As of February 1, 2023, there is a change in Ohio’s Medicaid system. Many families won’t notice a difference. Some, especially those who are new to Medicaid, may have questions about the system and the way insurance covers their health care.

Nationwide Children’s is committed to continuing to offer world-class care to families and children in Ohio during this changing time. Here’s what you need to know:

Almost all of Ohio’s children on Medicaid are now covered by 7 insurance plans. Nationwide Children’s has agreements with 6 of them:

  • AmeriHealth Caritas Ohio
  • Buckeye Health Plan
  • CareSource Ohio
  • Humana Healthy Horizons
  • Molina HealthCare of Ohio
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Ohio

Nationwide Children’s does not have an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Medicaid plan.

  • As of February 1, 2023, most care at Nationwide Children’s is not covered by this plan.

What does this mean?

  • For now, Nationwide Children’s will continue to provide health care to families who have Anthem’s Medicaid plan.
    • Please keep your appointments with us and visit our Close To Home Centers, Urgent Care Centers and Emergency Departments when you need them.
    • Nationwide Children’s will work with Anthem to cover the cost of that care.
  • This does not affect you if you have Anthem insurance through your work. This only affects families who are enrolled in Medicaid.

Families can change plans until May 1, 2023.

  • To make sure that no services are interrupted going forward, families may consider switching their coverage to a plan that does have an agreement with Nationwide Children’s. Visit OhioMH.com and click “Select a Plan Online” under “I Would Like to Select My Plan,” or call 1-800-324-8680.

We are here to help.  If you have questions, please call Nationwide Children’s financial counselors at (614) 722-2070.

We’re grateful to be your partners in creating healthy futures for children.

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