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.