PASSPORT is for seniors age 60 and older who need the level of
care provided in a nursing home, but want to stay in their home.
It is a statewide program funded by Medicaid.
Those who qualify for PASSPORT work with a nurse or social
worker to develop a plan of care that customizes services to help
them remain at home. Once enrolled, a case manager works with
them to be sure needs are met with quality services, and that the
plan of care is adjusted as needs change.
- How do I qualify for PASSPORT?
The primary criteria for enrollment in PASSPORT are age, level of
care, and income.
You must be at least 60 years old.
You need the same level of care as someone in a nursing home --
extensive help with personal care or requiring 24-hour supervision
to prevent harm. Level of care is determined at the initial
You must qualify for the Medicaid waiver, but do not assume that
you will be ineligible if you have been denied traditional Medicaid
in the past. The assessor will determine your Medicaid
eligibility during the initial home visit.
- How much does this cost?
There is no charge for an in-home assessment to discuss your needs
There is no charge for PASSPORT services if you are under a set
income level. If you are over the income level, you may
choose to pay a monthly amount determined at the time of enrollment
or decline enrollment.
- What happens at an assessment?
A nurse or social worker visits you in your home to assess your
needs and discuss options. You will answer many questions and
the assessor will observe your level of independence. The
assessor will need to review documentation of income and assets to
make a preliminary determination about your eligibility for in-home
assistance. If enrolled in one of our home care programs, you
will work with the assessor to develop an initial plan of care.
If you qualify for Medicaid but are not currently enrolled, the
assessor can assist with completion of the Medicaid application.
You must then follow up with the application process through
the Department of Job and Family Services.
- What information should I have ready for my
In order for the assessor to determine your eligibility for in-home
assistance, you must be willing to provide the following
information at the time of assessment:
• Medicare card, if you have one
• Proof of age
• Proof of income
• Insurance documents
• Proof of assets
• Your doctors’ names, addresses, and phone numbers
• Your medical problems
• Medicines and treatments you are receiving
• Names of family or friends who help you
• Names of any agencies currently providing help
- Who decides what services I will have?
During the assessment visit, you will discuss with staff the areas
where you need help at home and services available to you. A
care plan with a package of services is then developed to meet your
needs. This collaborative effort includes staff, the senior
receiving services, and caregivers.
- Can I qualify for PASSPORT if I’ve been denied
Medicaid in the past?
PASSPORT is funded by a Medicaid Waiver that differs from
traditional Medicaid, and therefore you may qualify for Medicaid
even if you have been denied in the past. If you provide
income and asset information to our assessor, a preliminary
determination can be made during the in-home assessment. The
assessor can also assist in completion of the Medicaid application,
but you must follow up with the application process through the
Department of Job and Family Services.
Do not let a past denial stop you from getting the services you
- Does estate recovery apply to PASSPORT?
Yes. PASSPORT is a Medicaid program, and under federal and
state law, the state may recover money paid for your Medicaid
benefits from your estate. The purpose of estate recovery is
to allow states to recoup some of the tax dollars invested in
Medicaid, in order to reduce the escalating cost of one of the
largest and fastest growing government programs. See our
Medicaid section for more
- Who do I call?
For questions about our home care programs; or to request an
assessment in Clark, Greene, and Montgomery Counties; call 223-HELP
or 800-258-7277, or e-mail .
Services of the Miami Valley manages the same home care
programs in Champaign, Darke, Logan, Miami, Preble, and Shelby
Counties. Call 800-521-6419 or e-mail
for services in those counties.