Thursday, October 4, 2012

A "Golden" Opportunity

I have been told on more than one occasion that I have developed quite the obsession with Golden Buckeye Card applications. In fact, what’s not to love? 

The Golden Buckeye card offers 5% discounts at a number of restaurants, $0.29 drinks at McDonalds, and (most importantly) allows one to get discounts on his or her prescriptions through the Ohio’s Best RX program that is included with a Golden Buckeye card. However, the benefits of using a Golden Buckeye card are only part of the reason that it comes up so frequently in my conversations with clients. The truth of the matter is that I talk to so many people about whether or not they might be potentially eligible for a Golden Buckeye card because most clients are unaware that the age requirement is waived for adults with a permanent disability. It’s an awesome thing for a counselor to be able to tell a client that all we need in order to apply for his or her Golden Buckeye card is to see a Medicare card or a letter from Social Security stating that the client is permanently disabled. 

The icing on the cake is that by applying with a counselor from The Ohio Benefit Bank, a client is able to walk away from the experience with a temporary Golden Buckeye card that he or she can use until their official card arrives in the mail. This is a fantastic way to introduce someone to the OBB, and to transition into checking if a client might be potentially eligible for any of the other benefits offered by the State of Ohio. So if that’s not worth obsessing just a little bit over, what is?

-- Tyler

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