Ohio short-term disability insurance benefits provide vital income protection coverage for growing families. You may rely on earnings to fund a variety of bills. How will you cover these expenses if you are unable to work?

Do not assume that the state offers a program or mandates automatic enrollment. Many people do and learn the hard way.

Invest a few minutes in protecting your lifestyle by learning about short-term disability in Ohio.

  • Application forms and benefit amounts
  • Covering pregnancy and maternity leave
  • Related Ohio laws regarding family leave

Ohio Short Term Disability Benefits

Ohio short-term disability benefits often help growing families the most. When one parent needs to stop working, the income replacement helps keep the family afloat during a life stage when finances are often very tight.

Find the forms you need to apply for benefits or purchase a new policy, estimate benefits amounts and see where holes are for teachers – a segment that uses the programs frequently.

Applying for Benefits

Remember, Ohio does not offer a state temporary disability program. You must enroll in a private plan before becoming sick, hurt, or pregnant. Otherwise, the carrier may deny your application and/or claim.

Debt relief application if you owe more than $10,000 in unsecured obligations. A combination of lost income and higher medical expenses often means financial hardship. This can qualify you for a settlement program.

Request a short-term loan if you do not have private coverage in force in advance of your need to file a claim form for benefits. Get the emergency cash you need to stay current on your regular bills.

Apply for short-term disability benefits if you did purchase a private plan before becoming sick, hurt, or pregnant. Download the claims form from the issuing company’s website and follow instructions carefully.

Policy Application Form

You must purchase a private policy if you want to protect your income from temporary medical conditions that cause you to miss work. A new policy will require evidence of good health and will exclude preexisting conditions for twelve months.

Begin by requesting an online quote to estimate the monthly premiums. An agent will help you complete the paperwork needed to buy a private policy without involving your employer. Women seeking coverage for normal childbirth gain better benefits by purchasing at work – if her employer offers a voluntary option. An individual policy is a reasonable consolation prize.

Complete a policy application form to begin coverage. Coverage must be effective prior to becoming sick hurt or pregnant. A licensed agent will assist in completing the policy application form and submitting it to the issuing company.

Benefit Amounts

Policies can replace up to 2/3 of your income or $6,500 per month – whichever is less. Payments may last up to 24 months. Benefits begin after satisfying an elimination period, which you select when applying for the program.

Most frequently, the benefits paid are tax-free. You may elect up to 2/3 of your monthly gross income. When you need the cash most, you can keep 100% of the proceeds. Often times, women find the same level of cash coming in even when they are not working.


Ohio teachers can purchase short-term disability insurance to plug benefits holes in the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS). STRS provides members with long-term coverage but does not cover temporary medical conditions.

The STRS medical criteria state that the illness or injury preventing the individual from performing their most recent job duties must be expected to last twelve months or longer.

Purchase a private policy to cover disabilities lasting less than twelve months.

Ohio Short Term Disability Maternity

Ohio short-term disability for maternity makes a great deal of sense for growing families planning to have children. The policies provide an opportunity to purchase coverage in advance of a planned medical event, making the cost/value ratio very appealing.


Short-term disability for pregnancy in Ohio can be a lifesaver for women who must stop working prior to delivery due to complications.

One-quarter of women experiences one of more complications during her pregnancy. You may miss unplanned time from work prior to delivery. Your policy may support your earnings during this time so you can focus on your baby’s health.

Once you are already pregnant, it will be too late to get coverage.

Maternity Leave

Short-term disability for maternity leave in Ohio is a wonderful purchase decision for any working woman planning to have children. When bought before conception, the policy may replace a portion of your income while recovering from childbirth.

Most policies make claims payments for six or eight weeks for normal vaginal delivery. C-section deliveries require a longer recovery, and claims payments continue longer as a result.

Benefits begin after satisfying your elimination period, which is most often one or two weeks. Payments made directly to you may be much higher than what you must set aside into the policy before your delivery.

Postpartum disorders may delay your return to work by weeks or months. Should this happen to you, your policy may continue to replace a portion of your income.

Ohio Short Term Disability Labor Laws

Ohio does not have any labor laws directly addressing short-term disability insurance. Private employees are not required to purchase coverage.

Ohio family leave laws provide unpaid job protections for the qualified worker.

State Plan

Ohio does not have a state-mandated short-term disability insurance program. Employers are not required to offer coverage. You need to purchase a private policy to cover temporary medical conditions.


The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal regulation that provides unpaid job-protected leave for qualified employees, working for covered employers. FMLA eligibility includes a worker leaving to care for a sick family member, as well as his or her own disability.

Social Security

Social Security does not pay for temporary disabilities: those lasting less than one year. If you are unable to work for a medical reason and need help, you should contact the Ohio Division of Disability Determination.

Social Security Administration receives all applications for disability but mandates that each state process its own claims. DDD follows the federal determination rules: you cannot do the work you did before, and your condition is expected to last at least one year or result in death.

Infertility Mandate

Pregnancy-related conditions are the number one claim reason for short-term disability.

The Ohio infertility mandate makes conception more affordable for some couples. Anyone trying to conceive should purchase a policy before his or her next cycle so as not to miss out.

On the Job Accidents

Workers compensation is a mandated program that indemnifies earnings in the event of an on the job accident or illness. It does also provide some support for medical care but does not cover any off-the-job activities.