Through state and federal Medicaid programs, you can have access to healthcare services that you may not otherwise be able to afford.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration is responsible for helping Floridians obtain access to Florida’s Medicaid program.
For what healthcare costs does Medicaid pay?
Medicaid exists to provide basic care as well as some additional services to lower-income or disabled patients including children, adults, pregnant women and seniors. Recipients receive coverage for:
- Primary care
- Dental, hearing and vision care
- Mental healthcare
- Transportation services
- Maternity and midwife services
- Nursing home, hospital or hospice care
Medical services that do not qualify for coverage under Florida Medicaid include cosmetic procedures, recreational therapy or experimental treatments.
How do I qualify for Medicaid in Florida?
If you answer yes to the following questions, you can qualify for benefits:
- Are you a U.S. citizen, or do you have a qualifying immigration status?
- Are you a Florida resident?
- Do you meet Medicaid’s income limits?
Will I lose my benefits if I move?
As a Florida resident and Medicaid recipient, you must report any change that may affect eligibility, including a change of address within the state, to the Department of Children and Families within ten days. If your move is out-of-state, your benefits will not transfer. You must then apply for Medicaid in your new place of residence.
State-funded healthcare programs are complex, but you deserve to get the most out of your benefits. To avoid mistakes and penalties when seeking coverage, it is important to understand how Medicaid law applies to you during your financial planning.