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Seniors Encouraged to Pay Attention to Florida's Medicaid Reform


Central Florida is a little over four weeks away from Florida's Medicaid reform, otherwise known as Statewide Medicaid Managed Care. Officials are worried the changes could create an administrative backlog.

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Florida’s Medicaid Reform  includes both the Long Term Care Managed Care Program and the Managed  Medical Assistance Program. Qualifying for Medicaid isn’t changing, and neither are the benefits. But recipients will need to choose from one of four managed care providers designated by a region. Central Florida Agency on Aging CEO Randy Hunt said any senior who thinks they might qualify for Medicaid should apply as soon as possible. “We’re going to have far more people to assist than there are resources to help them, but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t apply, because if your frailty, if your situation is such that you qualify, then you will go the head of the line,” he said.

The state is moving all of its Medicaid patients - including seniors- to Statewide Medicaid Managed Care. Region 7, which includes Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Brevard counties is the first region in the state to go live- that happens August 1st. Other regions in the state will be added on a monthly schedule.  Lake and Volusia counties, won’t go live until March 2014.

 

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