Medicaid is a health insurance benefit program provided to assist individuals with the rising health care costs.  Medicaid includes a large array of medical benefits at little or no cost to the recipient.  Each Medicaid program has its own set of financial guidelines.

Shelby County Ohio Job Family Services Medicaid program

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How to Apply      
Step 1:  Submit an application
You can submit your application in the following ways: Online for medical benefits if you are over age 65 or have Medicare at:
Online for Medicaid through the self-service portal:
By phone by calling


option 3, option 3 and a paper application will be mailed to you.

In person by visiting the agency to obtain an application to complete:

Shelby County Job & Family Services
227 South Ohio Avenue
Sidney, OH  45365

After completing a paper application, you may return the application in person, by mail, or by fax

(937) 498-7396

Step 2:  Gather Verification Documents
As part of the application, you will need to submit a number of verification documents.  The specific documents 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 Verifications
  • Tax status information
  • Health insurance information

If you are only interested in receiving Medicaid benefits, you will not need to complete an interview.

Step 3: Return any Additional Verifications
The eligibility worker will send you a checklist of any additional verification documents we need to complete your case.  You may return the documents to our front desk staff, fax verifications to 937-498-7396, or by mail to:

Shelby County Job & Family Services
227 South Ohio Avenue
Sidney, OH  45365

Family Medical coverage is available to all households with a minor child in the home.  This program also assists pregnant women with health care coverage throughout their pregnancy up to 60 days after the birth of their child.  Coverage can be family coverage for all household members or coverage for the children only, based on the household's income.

Medicaid Extension guidelines have been implemented under the Affordable Care Act.  Eligibility is now offered to adults without children in the home who are under the age of 65.  Federal income guidelines apply.  Visit or to learn more or call the Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680. Representatives are available to answer questions related to eligibility or Medicaid due to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Extension.

Medicaid also offers a program for elderly and disabled individuals.  There are multiple Medicaid programs available to this population based on disability status, income, and resource guidelines.  Anyone over the age of 65 or in receipt of SSI or Social Security Disability benefits may qualify for these programs if they meet the income and resource requirements.  If a person has filed for SSI or Social Security Disability benefits but has not yet been approved, they may also file for this type of Medicaid card.  Information would be gathered and sent to the Disability Determination Unit in Columbus.  They would make the final decision if the person would be disabled enough to receive Medicaid.  Financial and resource guidelines apply.

If a person also has Medicare coverage through the Social Security office, they may be eligible to have their monthly Medicare premium paid for by the state, along with co-insurance and Medicare deductibles.  Applications will be accepted through the mail, fax, or by dropping off at the agency for this program. 

Medicaid assistance is also available to nursing home residents and those in need of home health services if all financial and resource eligibility exists.  Medicaid will typically require the nursing home resident to pay all of their income to the nursing home except for a small monthly portion that is determined by the State of Ohio which allows the consumer to keep in an account for personal needs such as hair cuts, etc.  Medicaid would then pay the rest of the monthly bill to the nursing home.  Nursing home residents who have a spouse that is not living in the nursing home are sometimes allowed to allocate some of their monthly income to their spouse to live on while they are still living at their own home.  Resources are also looked at closely when a person is applying for nursing home care.




Shelby County Department
of Job and Family Services

Prevention, Retention and
Contingency Plan 
for Public Comment


The Shelby County Department
of Job and Family Services is
taking comments from the public
on the Prevention, Retention
and Contingency plan for Shelby
County. The plan is developed
under guidance and regulations
from the Ohio Department of Job
and Family Services. 
The plan will
be available for public comment
from August 26, 2019 – September
24, 2019 at the Shelby County
Department of Job and Family
Services, 227 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney,
Ohio, 45365. 
Hours of operation
are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,
and Friday, and 7:30 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Employment Workshops

OhioMeansJobs Shelby County
offers free employment workshops.
Workshop participants have the
opportunity to improve their job
seeking skills to aid in finding a
new job or to brush up on skills
to retain a job once they are working.
Workshops are taught by instructors
from Upper Valley Career Center and

To register for a workshop, call
OhioMeansJobs Shelby County at
937-498-4981 Extension 2816

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Resume Writing Workshop

Oct 2,
Nov 6, Dec 4

1:00PM to 3:00PM


Job Search Skills Workshop

Oct 16,
Nov 20, Dec 18


1:00PM to 3:00PM


Employer Expectations Workshop

Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 27


1:00PM to 3:00PM

Interviewing Skills Workshop

Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM 


Basic Computer Skills Workshop

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM 

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ADDRESS 227 South Ohio Avenue
Sidney, Ohio 45365
PHONE 937-498-4981
FAX 937-498-7396
HOURS M, W, TH, F - 7:30 am - 4 pm
Tuesdays - 7:30 am - 6 pm