June 21, 2018

$98 Million Medicaid Cut Will Harm Vulnerable Floridians [Tallahassee Democrat]

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Gov. Rick Scott’s office recently pushed back on public criticism directed to a $98 million Medicaid cut scheduled to be implemented on July 1. They state the cut is “about paperwork, not patients.” This is flat out fiction.

The benefit on the chopping block is called retroactive Medicaid eligibility — RME. This technical “insurance-speak” term masks its overwhelming value for thousands of Florida families and their loved ones facing unexpected, dire illnesses or severe disabilities, or those needing nursing home care.

Now, if someone is approved for Medicaid, the law requires that coverage go back three months prior to the month of application if the person would otherwise meet eligibility requirements such as income and asset limits.

Read more on tallahassee.com

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