Florida Medicaid Information
Medicaid is a medical assistance program that helps provide access to healthcare for families and individuals with low-income. Medicaid also helps aged and disabled people with the rising cost of nursing facility care and other health care expenses. Eligibility is usually based on the family’s or individual’s income. The state and federal government share the costs of the Medicaid program.
In Florida, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is responsible for Florida Medicaid. Eligibility is determined either by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) or the Social Security Administration (for SSI recipients).
Department of Children & Families (DCF) Determines Eligibility
To be eligible for Florida Medicaid, you must be a resident of the state of Florida, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income.
How to Apply for Medicaid in Florida
The application process is open year-round and may take weeks to process from the time the application is submitted.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I replace my Medicaid card?
Contact Florida AHCA. They can help you get replacement cards and answer your questions about what services are covered, providers to use, and how to renew your eligibility.
When should I complete my renewal application?
You should complete your renewal application on or before the 15th day of the month in which your benefit period ends.
No changes have occurred within my household, do I still need to complete a renewal application?
Yes. You are required to renew your benefits at the end of your benefit period, whether or not you have changes in your household.
How long will it take to complete an application?
On average, it takes about 30 minutes for most of our customers to complete the online application. This is the quickest way to apply. Once you finish filling out the application, you may submit it to DCF automatically by using our e-signature option.
How long will it take after I submit an application?
It may take up to 30 days to process your application (longer if you need a disability determination). If you sign up for email notifications in your MyACCESS Account, you will receive an email alert when we update your application status. If you are not able to go online, we will send your notices by mail.