Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Assistance. It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. If you are eligible for assistance, the amount of your one-time HEAP benefits will depend on federal funding levels, how many people live with you, total household income, and the primary fuel used to heat your home. In most cases, the one-time benefit will be a credit applied to your energy bill by your utility company (or fuel vendor).
According to the state, an estimated 275,000 uninsured adults will now be eligible for Medicaid under the recently expanded program. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government has pledged funding for states that expand Medicaid coverage to include those whose incomes are 138 percent of the federal poverty line or less. The individuals gaining eligibility under the new program are primarily adults under the age of 65 without dependent children. For more information or to enroll, visit the Ohio Benefits website.