July 14, 2021

Florida seeks $1.1B in federal funding to expand Medicaid home-based services [The Center Square]

This post was last updated on September 29, 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.

John Haughey writes:

"(The Center Square) – The DeSantis administration is seeking an additional $1.1 billion in federal Medicaid dollars available under the American Rescue Plan over the next two years for home- and community-based services (HCBSs) that serve nearly 110,000 Floridians.

Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, confirmed Tuesday the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) submitted its proposal Monday night to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow the state to draw a 10 percentage-point increase in Medicaid funds.


The Florida Health Justice Project, Disability Rights Florida and Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added] submitted a letter last week to the Governor’s Office with more than 420 signatures calling on the state to request the money as a “transformational chance to fix a huge problem.”


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