What Is Involved in Applying for Medicaid in Florida?
Medicaid is medical coverage for low-income individuals and families whose costs are shared by the federal government and the states. In Florida, Medicaid is administered by the Agency for Health Care Administration, but eligibility is determined through the Department of Children and Families, DCF, or the Social Security Administration if the applicant receives Supplemental Security Income, SSI. (Applicants who are eligible for SSI automatically receive Medicaid in Florida.) Those applying through the Department of Children and Families can apply online.
You will want to apply for Medicaid services as soon as you or a relative is eligible and in need. Of course, that means you need to determine exactly when eligibility begins. An experienced attorney can help you understand your eligibility requirements.
Medicaid covers a variety of healthcare costs, such as medication, nursing home services and home-care services. Home Care for the Disabled Adult (HCDA) is a Medicaid program intended to help provide at-home care so that recipients can avoid being placed in a nursing home or other institution. The Institutional Care Program (ICP) contributes to nursing home costs.
In some special circumstances, those with low incomes may qualify for the Medically Needy Program. In addition to being available to these groups, Medicaid coverage is a possibility for those who are 65 or older or disabled. Applicants must also be residents of Florida to apply, and they must meet certain financial criteria. To qualify, income from benefits, Social Security, wages, and interest must fall below certain thresholds.
To find out more about qualifying for Medicaid and planning ahead of time to maximize your benefits, speak with a knowledgeable Florida healthcare planning attorney at the Charles Law Offices.