Medicaid is a program for people with low income who meet certain eligibility requirements and programs can vary from state-to-state.
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older, disabled persons, or those with end-stage kidney disease. Medicare eligibility is not based on income, and basic coverage is the same in each state.
The following people may qualify for Florida Medicaid if they meet certain financial requirements:
People who have large monthly medical bills may be able to get Medicaid assistance even if their income and resources exceed the requirements for Florida Medicaid eligibility. Their Medicaid eligibility is evaluated every month.
These Medicaid beneficiaries may have to pay a portion of their monthly medical costs before Florida Medicaid will cover the rest of their medical bills. This is called "share of cost." The amount of the share depends on the patient's monthly income and medical expenses.
It is not necessary to have lived in Florida for a certain length of time, but you need to be a resident of Florida. If you just moved to Florida and were covered by Medicaid in another state, you will still need to apply for Medicaid in Florida. However, if you are a recipient of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you can simply contact the Social Security Office to report your new address.
If you do not have a computer at home, check your local library, school, or community center for possible computer use and Internet access. Also, local service centers of the Department of Children and Families provide computers for filing an application.
When you apply for Medicaid, you must fill out an application form. You will also need to have various documents:
For more information on Florida Medicaid, download the Florida Medicaid Reference Guide
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