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Ohio Medicaid Benefits Overview

Buckeye Health Plan offers health insurance plans with comprehensive healthcare services that suit the needs of families and individuals throughout Ohio.

View some of Buckeye Health Plan's benefits for Ohio Medicaid members below. The information on this page covers the West and Northeast regions of the state. To find out which service area you live in, see the Service Areas page. You can also view more information in our Member Handbook.        

As part of the Ohio Medicaid benefits, Buckeye provides round trip coverage for covered services 30+ miles away. In addition, Buckeye offers one-way and round trip rides* for each member per 12-month period to covered healthcare/dental appointments, WIC appointments, and redetermination appointments with your CDJFS caseworker. Members can call directly 48 hours (two business days) in advance at 1-866-246-4358 (TDD/TTY: 1-800-750-0750) to schedule transportation.  Members with questions or problems with transportation services may call Buckeye Member Services at 1-866-246-4358 (TDD/TTY: 1-800-750-0750).

*15 round-trip visits (30 one-way trips) for West & Northeast Region; 30 round-trip visits (60 one-way trips) for Central/Southeast Region. 


Get rewarded for focusing on your health!

Earn My Health Pays™ Ohio Medicaid rewards when you complete healthy activities like a yearly wellness exam, annual screenings, tests and other ways to protect your health.

Use Your My Health Pays rewards to help pay for:

  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Telecommunications
  • Childcare services
  • Education
  • Rent

Or, you can use them to:

  • Shop at Walmart for everyday items**

**This card may not be used to buy alcohol, tobacco, or firearms products.

Take healthy steps to earn My Health Pays™ rewards:

Take healthy steps to earn My Health Pays™ rewards.

$75 for an annual well care visit (age 2-11)

$50 for an annual well care visit (age 12 and up)

$100 for annual comprehensive diabetes care - must complete all of the following once in the calendar year: HbA1c test, kidney screening and retinopathy screening (dilated eye exam)

$25 for getting an annual flu vaccine (one per flu season September – April, age 6 months and up)

$75 for an annual breast cancer screening (females age 50-74)

$75 for an annual cervical cancer screening (females age 21-64)

Pregnancy and infant well-care: 

$75 for completing a Notification of Pregnancy (NOP) form within the first trimester.*


$25 for completing a Notification of Pregnancy (NOP) form within the second trimester.*

*Log into the Secure Portal to access the NOP form.

$100 for completing 6 infant well care visits by 15 months old (These visits are recommended at 3-5 days old, before 30 days old and at 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 and 15 months old)

$75 for a postpartum doctor visit between 21-56 days after delivery. Must notify Buckeye you are pregnant prior to having baby by calling or submitting a completed NOP. 

Your My Health Pays reward dollars are added to your rewards card after we process the claim for each activity you complete.  If you are earning your first reward, your My Health Pays™ Visa® Prepaid Card will be mailed to you.

This My Health Pays Rewards Visa Prepaid card is issued by The Bancorp Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. The Bancorp Bank; Member FDIC. Card cannot be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.

Log in to your member account to check your current My Health Pays™ rewards balance.

As an Ohio Ohio Medicaid health plan option, Buckeye Health Plan can help you find a provider, find local resources, plan an appointment and find transportation. Call Member Services at 1-866-246-4358 (TDD/TTY: 1-800-750-0750).

Care coordination and disease coaching are part of your Ohio Medicaid health benefits. These benefits are provided to you at no cost. Buckeye Health Plan pays for these services. We provide services for many conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, COPD, high-risk pregnancy and many more. Call Member Services at 1-866-246-4358 (TDD/TTY: 1-800-750-0750).

Buckeye Health Plan is proud to be working with SafeLink Wireless to offer you this special, federal program. As a Member of our plan, you get all the same benefits of a SafeLink phone, plus unlimited inbound text messages and calls to Buckeye Health Plan member services. There is no added cost for these extras.

How to Enroll:

As a Buckeye Health Plan Ohio Medicaid Member, you can choose who you see for your healthcare needs from our network of Providers. We have many for you to choose from.

For the most part, you must get care from our network of healthcare providers. If you cannot get a covered service from one of our plan providers, we can allow the use of a non-plan provider for as long as needed. There will be no additional cost to you. Call us if you need help getting services.

If you need help choosing a doctor, call Member Services at 1-866-246-4358 (TDD/TTY: 1-800-750-0750).

Buckeye’s dental services include two periodic oral exams and cleanings per year (more than what is available with fee-for-service Medicaid).

Preventative care visits are covered by Buckeye Health Plan. This means visiting the doctor for a regular check-up, rather than waiting until you are sick.

Buckeye Health Plan covers an annual physical for adults.

Regular child check-ups are also covered for those under the age of 21. These doctor visits should occur at the below ages. Children also need a blood lead test at 12 and 24 months of age. We cover this. After that, if they are high risk, they need the blood lead test each year age 3 to 6.

  • Birth or neonatal exam
  • 1 week
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 30 months
  • After 30 months until age 21: one exam per year is recommended.

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Keeping children healthy and growing the way they should is important. A big part of this is seeing the doctor regularly for Healthchek screenings—even when your child is not sick—in order to make sure your child stays healthy. Healthchek screenings help find problems or possible problems early, before they become serious. If a problem is found, Healthchek includes medically necessary follow-up care and referrals. Healthchek screenings are provided from birth to under 21 years of age. These services are covered as part of your Medicaid Care Coordination Plan.

For information on the HEALTHCHEK program please contact Buckeye Health Plan at 1-866-246-4358 (TDD/TTY: 1-800-750-0750) and ask to speak with the Quality Improvement Department or get in touch with your county’s Healthchek Coordinator by contacting your county department of job and family services.

Our Nurse Advice Line is ready to answer your health questions 24-hours-a-day – every day of the year. The Nurse Advice Line is staffed with Registered Nurses. These nurses have spent lots of time caring for people. Now they are ready and eager to help you. The services listed below are available by contacting Nurse Advice Line, Buckeye’s 24-hour nurse hotline, at 1-866-246-4358 (TDD/TTY: 1-800-750-0750).

For more information on these and other benefits and services, check the information in the Member Handbook or call Member Services at 1-866-246-4358 (TDD/TTY: 1-800-750-0750).

We have a special program to connect you to quality healthcare and social services. It’s called MemberConnections™.

Our MemberConnections™ outreach representatives will talk to you on the phone when you call (866) 246-4358, send you information in the mail, and visit your home if you would like for them to come. They will be glad to talk to you about:

  • How to choose a doctor
  • How to change doctors
  • Covered healthcare services
  • How to use your healthcare services
  • How to get medical advice when you can’t get your doctor
  • Explain the difference in emergency and non-emergent care
  • How to live a healthy life
  • How to get immunizations and health screenings
  • Any other healthcare service problem you may have

MemberConnections™ outreach representatives can also help connect you to community social services if you need food, housing, clothing, utility services, etc.

Start Smart for Your Baby (Start Smart) is our special program for women who are pregnant and for those moms who just had a baby.  We want to help you take care of yourself and your baby every step of the way. If you are pregnant, please let us know by completing a Notification of Pregnancy form. After completing this form, you will be enrolled in Start Smart. You will receive information in mail and over the phone. You can also get information in the Health & Wellness section.

Tips for Pregnancy
If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, keep these things in mind:

  • Go before you show! Go to the doctor as soon as you think you are pregnant. It is important for you and your baby to see a doctor as early as possible. It will keep both of you healthy. It will also help your baby get off to a good start. It is even better to see a doctor before you are pregnant. This is so you can get your body ready for pregnancy.
  • Maintain healthy lifestyle habits. This includes exercising, eating balanced and healthy meals, and resting for 8-10 hours every night.
  • Do not use tobacco, alcohol or drugs now or while you’re pregnant.

Doctors and health organizations agree that breastfeeding is best.  You may already know that breast milk is packed with the perfect mix of nutrients your baby needs. Did you know that it is also more than just food?  Breast milk has special ingredients, like antibodies, that only you can provide.  Breast pumps are helpful if you are breastfeeding and have to be away from your baby. Call us after you deliver to see if breast pumps are offered.

Are You Pregnant? Tell Us Right Away!
Call us. Or, you can login to your Buckeye Health Plan account and fill out the Notification of Pregnancy form.

Text 4 Baby
Members can enroll in the text4baby program by texting "Baby" ("Bebe" for Spanish) to 511411. For more information, call Member Services at 1-866-246-4358.

Interpreter services are provided free of charge to you during any service or grievance process. This includes American Sign Language and real-time oral interpretation.

If you need something translated into a language other than English, please call Buckeye Health Plan. We can also provide translations in other formats such as Braille, CD or large print.

If you need an interpreter for your medical appointment, contact Buckeye Health Plan before your appointment. We will arrange for one to be at your appointment.

Buckeye provides annual eye exams for children AND adults. Eyeglasses are provided annually for children under the age of 21 and adults age 60 or older and every two years for adults age 21 through 59. We offer an expanded selection of eyeglass frames to choose from, a wider selection than what is available with fee-for-service Ohio Medicaid. Please check the provider directory for a list of doctors contracted with Buckeye.

Buckeye will provide $50 toward the purchase of contact lenses, per member per year (every two years for adults age 21 through 59), and $50 toward the contact lenses fitting fee your vision provider charges, per member per year (every two years for adults age 21 through 59). Contacts are not covered by fee-for-service Ohio Medicaid. Contacts and glasses may not be obtained in the same year (or in the same two years for adults age 21 through 59).