Ohio Medicaid Officials and CareSource Gather for Jobs Roundtable

Governor Mike DeWine Recognizes CareSource JobConnect Member with Proclamation Congratulating Employment and Education Success

(Dayton, Ohio May 17, 2019) CareSource representatives and Ohio Department of Medicaid officials gathered Friday, May 17th in Dayton for a roundtable discussion on how the state can better connect Medicaid recipients with jobs to become self-sufficient.

Roundtable attendees learned about the results of CareSource’s JobConnect program, a first-of-its-kind socioeconomic program designed to help low-income individuals become economically and socially secure so they are able to live subsidy-free.

During the roundtable Maureen Corcoran, Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid, presented JobConnect member Joe Weikert with a proclamation from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recognizing him for his hard work and success, and for his most recent accomplishment earning an associate degree from Clark State University.

Weikert attended the roundtable to share his story of overcoming addiction, obtaining employment and becoming self-sufficient to the point he was able to move off Medicaid and onto employer-sponsored insurance.

Corcoran was joined by Steve Ringel, CareSource Ohio Market President, and Ohio Reps. Niraj Antani and Jim Butler in congratulating Weikert.

“I am incredibly grateful for this honor and for my JobConnect Life Coach at CareSource, Eric Mata,” Weikert, a Springfield resident, said. “I could not have accomplished this without my Medicaid benefits and the other support services I received from CareSource. Now I plan to help others who are in the position I was in three years ago and be an example of what they can achieve.”

Weikert is among nearly 2,500 members who are actively working with CareSource Life Coaches and the JobConnect program. Since its inception in 2015, JobConnect has helped more than 1,000 Ohioans gain employment, thanks to more than 150 employer and community partners.

JobConnect will be expanding to all 88 counties in Ohio by the end of 2019.