The PASSPORT program is a program that is funded by state and federal funds under the Medicaid Waiver III program. The word PASSPORT stands for Pre-Admission Screening Providing Options and Resources Today.
Basically, PASSPORT is a way of helping older Ohioans remain independently in their own homes. The first part of the program consists of a telephone screening process to determine preliminary Medicaid eligibility. The second part of Passport is home care. After prospective seniors are considered eligible, a case manager works with them to develop the appropriate package of in-home services that will be provided by local service providers. It is then monitored by the case worker to determine if any changes need to be made.
Elders who are eligible for PASSPORT must be 60 years or older. They must be financially eligible for Medicaid institutional care which means their earnings cannot top $2,130 per month with no more than $1,500 in countable assets. Also, they must be frail enough to warrant nursing home level care and they must be able to remain safely at home with the consent of their physician.
PASSPORT will cover the following services: nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapy, personal care, respite care, social work/counseling, homemaker services, home delivered meals, nutritional consultation, chore services, adaptive and assisting devices (such as crutches), home medical equipment, medications, and home health care management.
Provisions of the PASSPORT services are contracted through Medicare and Medicaid-certified home care agencies. Each case is assigned to a PASSPORT case manager to make sure you are being safely maintained in the community.
To learn more about the PASSPORT program and your eligibility, call Kabb Law today to speak with one of our social workers: 216-991-KABB (5222).