By
Anne Swerlick
|
April 26, 2018

Cutting Medicaid eligibility hurts Medicare, too [Palm Beach Post]

This post was last updated on September 10, 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.

Florida lawmakers cut $98 million from the Medicaid program for “non-pregnant” adults who need retroactive Medicaid. This translates to a cut primarily targeting seniors and persons with disabilities.

Medicaid cuts in general put the most vulnerable Floridians at risk of losing much-needed coverage. In this instance, the cut exposes previously uninsured people with significant illness and disability to enormous medical debt. Our state already ranks near the bottom of the list — 46th in the nation — for its rate of insured residents.

But another lesser-known group hurt by this cut will be low-income Medicare beneficiaries, also known as “dual eligibles” since they receive both Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

For them, it means they will lose out on a $402 benefit to help cover out-of-pocket costs. These dollars will continue flowing to low-income Medicare beneficiaries in every other state.

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