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How does Medicaid eligibility work in Florida?

Jan 26, 2023 | Long-Term Care Planning

The assistance programs under Medicaid can help people with various medical expenses, including treatment, medication and long-term care. Medicaid covers several different groups of people, and it can be complex to determine eligibility.

When planning for the future, Florida residents can benefit from understanding how Medicaid coverage works.

Medicaid eligibility requirements

In Florida, Medicaid covers people with lower incomes who meet certain requirements. Income requirements differ depending on household size. For example, a single person with a household of one must have a household income below $18,075 before taxes to qualify for Medicaid. People who are blind or pregnant are Medicaid eligible, as are the following groups:

  • Parents and guardians of minor children
  • People over age 65
  • People with disabilities or disabled household members

Additionally, to qualify for Medicaid coverage in Florida, a person must be a legal resident of the United States and the state of Florida. Citizens, legal aliens and permanent residents can all receive Medicaid.

Benefits of Medicaid coverage

Medicaid covers a range of services, including in-patient and out-patient hospital care, as well as physician visits. In addition, Medicaid pays for essential laboratory testing and X-Rays. People with Medicaid can also use it to afford long-term care. Medicaid coverage also includes expenses associated with nursing facilities and home health assistance. People who are creating long-term care plans should consider Medicaid as a possible option and examine eligibility requirements.

Medicaid can help populations in need gain access to health care. In Florida, you must have a low income and meet additional requirements to be eligible for Medicaid coverage.