Medicaid is designed to help those with low incomes (including families, individuals, aged, and people with disabilities) receive medical treatment by providing health insurance. Medicaid is a form of health insurance that is funded by a partnership between the state and the federal government with each party putting in about half the cost. There are federal guidelines as to who much be covered by Medicaid, but states do have some discretion about their own policies.
According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the agency responsible for administrating Medicaid in the state, approximately 3.19 million people are enrolled in Medicaid in Florida. Approximately more than 50 percent of those people are children and adolescents under the age of 20 years. Although the administration of Medicaid is done by the AHCA, the Florida Department of Children and Families manage enrolments. To find out whether someone is eligible, there is an income and assets test involved to see if they meet the low-income criteria. In order to get the benefits of Medicaid, one must not only be enrolled but also attend a facility or a professional that is also enrolled in the Medicaid system. In Florida, over 114,000 registered facilities and individual providers accept Medicaid. Some of these are for drug and substance abuse facilities and professionals. So if you are a low income person or family, aged, or disabled and you have a substance abuse problem or a drug addiction and need help, it is worth finding out whether you are eligible for Medicaid in Florida.
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