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How to Apply

If you have already applied, check your status here

Applying for food, cash and medical assistance through Allen County is a several step process. Please read the following information carefully to ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible. Please note it may take up to 30 days to complete your application. We complete cases in the order that they are received and when all verification documents have been received.

1
Check Your Status
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY APPLIED

If you have already applied, check your status here

IF YOU HAVEN’T APPLIED

If you haven’t already applied online, proceed to step 2.

2
Submit an Application

APPLY ONLINE

Click apply online above to be directed to the ODJFS Online Benefit Application Portal. Select “Apply Now.” After completing the application, continue with steps 2 through 5.

CLICK HERE TO PRINT AN APPLICATION
Printed applications are also available in our 2nd floor lobby.

 

Return applications through:

E-Mail:  [email protected]

Fax:  Return your signed application to (419) 227-2448

Deliver in person:

Signed applications can be dropped off at: 1501 South Dixie Hwy, Lima, OH

Mail:

Signed applications can also be mailed to
1501 South Dixie Hwy
P.O. Box 4506
Lima, OH 45802-4506

If you are applying for Medicaid, your tax status information is needed. Please complete the MAGI Tax Information Worksheet and submit with your application.

NOTE

In some cases, you may want to apply to receive Medicaid without applying for cash or food assistance. By visiting www.benefits.ohio.gov, you can apply for Medicaid only, without applying for cash or food assistance at the same time. To apply through the site, click “Check your eligibility” and follow the prompts.

3
Gather Verification Documents

As part of the application, you will need to submit a number of verification documents. The specific documents accepted are listed in the application, but in general we will need to verify:

  • Who is in the household
  • All household income, and
  • Basic information such as identity, Social Security Number(s) and Birth Verification(s)

To view the list of required documents needed, click here. Please write your name and case number or social security number on all verification documents.

4
The Interview

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a letter in the mail providing you with a date and time a case worker will call you to complete a telephone interview.  You can call to request a face-to-face interview, if desired.  The interview will generally be within two weeks of the submission of your application*.

  • Interviews generally take about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • During the interview, your caseworker will be able to answer any questions you may have about the application process.

* Please note: Applications for waiver Medicaid and for those in nursing homes are scheduled separately and will not necessarily fall into these timeframes. Certain other Medicaid applications for benefits may be completed without an actual interview. If yours fits the criteria, you will be notified accordingly.

5
Return Any Additional Verification Documents

At the end of your telephone interview, your caseworker will inform you of any additional verifications needed to complete your case. The sooner you return the verifications, the sooner your case can be completed.

Return those verification documents to us with your name and case number or social security number on ALL documents.

EMAIL

[email protected]

FAX

Fax your signed application to (419) 227-2448

DELIVER IN PERSON

Signed applications can be dropped off at:

1501 South Dixie Hwy, Lima, OH

 

 

 

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