The bill would permanently eliminate retroactive Medicaid coverage. The cut targets Florida seniors and people with disabilities.
If someone qualifies for Medicaid, their coverage can go back three months prior to the month of their Medicaid application. This means that Medicaid will cover unpaid medical bills incurred during that time and save people from crushing medical debt.
People facing catastrophic medical bills arising from end-of-life care or accidents, strokes and cancer. This includes people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — who live on just $771 per month — and low- and moderate-income seniors needing nursing home care.
The state says that elimination of RME will encourage people to enroll in Medicaid quickly when they are healthy instead of waiting until they are sick. However, the reality is that most low-income, uninsured healthy adults don't qualify for Florida Medicaid.
Florida has not expanded its Medicaid program to cover most healthy, non-pregnant uninsured adults (ages 18-64). Only very low-income parents with income no greater than 33 percent of the poverty level ($7,038 per year for a household of three) can qualify. Most adults covered by Florida Medicaid are seniors or people with severe disabilities.
Yes. It would add to uncompensated care costs, i.e. unpaid hospital costs, which already exceed 2 billion per year.These costs are shifted to Florida business and those covered by private insurance through higher premiums and out of pocket costs.
 Florida Policy Institute. “How Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit Florida: A Guide for Understanding Florida’s Medicaid Program and How to Improve It.”
 Florida Hospital Association. Facts & Stats – Cost of Uncompensated Care (2015). Accessed via: http://www.fha.org/reports-and-resources/facts-and-stats.aspx
 Roberts, Melissa. “Did You Know Floridians Pay $1.4 Billion Due to Uncompensated Care?” Florida Chamber of Commerce. Accessed via: https://www.flchamber.com/bending-floridas-healthcare-cost/