April 6, 2018

FPI Voices Deep Concern Over State Proposal to Eliminate Retroactive Medicaid Eligibility

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.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) held a public hearing this week on the state’s proposed amendment to Florida’s Medicaid 1115 Managed Medical Assistance Waiver.

Specifically, the amendment would modify Low Income Pool special terms and conditions and eliminate Retroactive Medicaid Eligibility (RME) for non-pregnant adults.

Anne Swerlick, the Institute’s health policy analyst and attorney, voiced FPI’s deep concerns on the proposal to end RME for thousands of Floridians, primarily seniors and adults with disabilities. The Institute submitted written testimony to AHCA Secretary Justin Senior.

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