Patient Info: Florida Medicaid

Enacted in 1965 through amendments to the Social Security Act, Medicaid is jointly financed by states and the federal government. Each state establishes and administers its own Medicaid program and determines the type, amount, duration, and scope of services covered within broad federal guidelines.

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Florida Medicaid

Medicaid is a medical assistance program that helps provide access to healthcare for families with low-income and individuals. 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).

DCF Determines Eligibility For

  • Low income families with children
  • Children
  • Pregnant women
  • Non-citizens with medical emergencies
  • Aged and/or disabled individuals not currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Medicaid Resources

A lot more information about the program can be found at the Department of Children and Families website and also the Access portal. Below are a few links we found may be helpful to you.

Medicaid Eligibility Specifics
Medicaid Eligibility Check
Medicaid Phone Number and More Information
Florida Department of Children and Families: Access Florida