Wednesday, 26 November 2014 19:44

Access to Healthcare

One of the goals of the Union County Health Department is to ensure access to healthcare for all Union County, Ohio residents. To achieve this goal, the Union County Health Department works closely with our healthcare community and community leaders to identify strengths and weaknesses in our local healthcare system. Based on this assessment, the Union County Health Department and partner agencies work to provide healthcare solutions for residents in need. To get help understanding insurance options or finding a doctor, please call Tim Kelley at 937-645-2048 for a free 1 on 1 consultation.

The two main obstacles many residents face when trying to find healthcare is lack of affordable insurance and inability to find a doctor. Click on the links below to find out how Union County, Ohio residents can get insured and get care.

Get Insured
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The health insurance law can sometimes be a little difficult to understand. Please check out this fun informational video which explains how health insurance coverage works.


Get Insured

One of the goals of the Union County Health Department is to ensure access to healthcare for all Union County, Ohio residents. We believe this starts with making sure our residents have access to health insurance. To get help understanding insurance options, please call Tim Kelley at 937-645-2048 for a free 1 on 1 consultation. During the consultation, we can help individuals understand the Health Insurance Marketplace, determine if they are eligible for Medicaid, and assist in completing application paperwork for both options. 


Healthcare Marketplace




The Ohio state legislature voted to expand Medicaid coverage in 2013. This expansion means more Ohioans are eligible for insurance coverage through Medicaid.

Children and Families Who May Be Eligible for Medicaid:

  • Children up to 19 years old
  • Parents or caretaker relatives of children up to 19 years old
  • Some 19 and 20 year olds
  • Adults up to age 64 living at or below 138% Federal Poverty Level

Women Who May Be Eligible for Medicaid:

  • Pregnant women
  • Some women with breast and/or cervical cancer

Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities Who May Be Eligible for Medicaid: 

  • Adults aged 65 and older
  • People with disabilities, including blindness as determined under the Social Security rules

Refugees and Immigrants Who May Be Eligible for Medicaid:

  • Some immigrants may be eligilbe for Medicaid
  • There are some programs to help immigrants who are not eligible for Medicaid. 

To be eligibile for Medicaid coverage, you must:

Be a United States Citizen or meet Medicaid citizenship requirements. The immigration rules are complex. Your local country Job and Family Services office specializes in getting you enrolled.

  1. Have or get a Social Security number.
  2. Be an Ohio resident.
  3. Meet certain financial requirements, which vary depending on the program. Some people who are blind or disabled may have too high an income to quality for Medicaid. In this case, you may have a spenddown plan that allows you to qualify on a month-by-month basis. If you are an older adult or an individual with a disability, you may need to meet a resource requirement to qualify.


For more Medicaid information, please visit


Health Insurance Marketplace:

In 2010 the Affordable Care Act, a healthcare reform law, expanded healthcare coverage in the United States. Under the Affordable Care Act, a health insurance marketplace was created. The Marketplace allows individuals to shop and apply for healthcare options based on income. The Marketplace also determines eligibility for subsidies to help make insurance coverage more affordable. 

If you are already enrolled in a healthcare marketplace plan, it is important to log back in and review your health plan, update if necessary, and compare new plans. For more information on health insurance through the Marketplace please visit If you need additional assistance in understanding the Marketplace or appying through the Marketplace, please call Tim Kelley at 937-642-2053 for a free 1 on 1 consultation.

Important Dates: Below are important deadlines to remember if you plan to enroll in the healthcare Marketplace for 2017 coverage.

November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment started — first day you can enroll or re-enroll in an insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.

December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start January 1, 2017

January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15, 2016

January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change plans. If you don’t enroll in a 2016 health insurance plan by January 31, 2016, you can’t enroll in a health insurance plan for 2016 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.


If you and/or your family already have health insurance through the Marketplace, it is important to review your plan each year to ensure you have the best availabel coverage. In many cases, you will be automatically re-enrolled in your existing plan if you do not log into the Marketplace. Even if you think you’ll be automatically enrolled, we strongly recommend you log in to your Marketplace account, update the information on your application, and check out all plans available to you.


If you choose NOT to have health insurance, you could be subject to monetary fines. See below for a breakdown of these penalties. Contact the Union County Health Department at 937-645-2053 to see if you may be eligible for an exemption from these tax penalties. 


Get Care

Don’t rely on the Emergency Room or Urgent Care to be your primary care provider. Affordable medical care is available in Union County, Ohio for those facing financial barriers. If you are uninsured, have insurance but face high deductibles or co-pays, or have Medicaid and can’t find or afford a doctor, the Union County Health Department can help. We can connect you to medical care and prescription assistance. Below is a list of local medical, dental, behavioral health, and prescription assistance resources.


Lower Lights UnionStar  Health Center

773 Walnut St
Marysville, OH 43040
(937) 642-1444

Services:Provides routine care, chronic disease management, physicals, well-child checkups, immunizations, and prenatal care. Patients of Lower Lights UnionStar also have access to behavioral health services, dental services, vision services, pharmacy services, and nutrition services.  

Hours: Open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. Appointment needed.

Eligibility: Accepts patients with or without insurance or those who have Medicaid.Sliding fee scale available for those who qualify.



Union County Health Department

940 London Ave, Ste 1100B
Marysville, OH 43040
(937) 642-2053

 Services: Immunizations, prenatal care, sexual health services, nutrition assistance, and prescription assistance. 

 Hours: Open Monday-Friday. Most services by appointment only.

Eligibility: Most services are available to individuals who are uninsured, insured, or covered by a Medicaid or Medicare managed plan. 



715 S. Plum St.
Marysville, OH 43040
(937) 644-9192

 Services:Mental health services, drug and alcohol treatmetn services. 

Hours: Open Monday-Thursday from 8am-8pm and Friday from 8am-5pm.



The Family Health Collaborative of Union County has created a Family Resource Directory for 2014-2015. The directory highlights several services available to Union County families, focusing on services for families with children. Please browse pages 33-36 of the resource directory for additional health related services offered by the Union County Health Department and our community partners. 

2014-2015 Family Resource Directory



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