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Long-term care services and Medicaid in Florida

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2021 | Elder Law and Medicaid Planning |

Medicaid in Florida has special services available for people of the age of 65. There are special requirements a person must meet to get these benefits.

According to the Agency for Health Care Administration, qualifying for long-term care benefits also means undergoing a review by two agencies for medical and financial eligibility.


A person must be at least age 65 and meet all other elements to qualify for Medicaid. Some individuals who are at least 18 may also qualify if the Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services program approves the person.

A person must also go through assessments by the Department of Elder Affairs and the Department of Children and Families. These agencies will make sure the person meets all financial requirements for Medicaid and the medical requirements for long-term care plans.


The AHCA explains assessments will require a review by a medical professional who will make a determination on the type of medical care a person needs. If long-term care is applicable, then the AHCA will approve the request for long-term care services.

The person will undergo screening from the Aging and Disability Resource Center. This is a phone screening that may take up to an hour. This initial assessment will put the person on the waitlist for services. It will assign a priority to their request as well.

Anyone receiving any type of Medicaid benefit must meet financial requirements. Medicaid is a low-income program. It requires a person to not earn too much based on the poverty level.

Receiving special long-term care benefits requires going through additional processes beyond qualify for just regular Medicaid.