The Florida Medicaid program provides free or low-cost medical insurance to state residents that can’t afford care on their own. The program ensures that all children, adults and seniors in Miami are able to access quality medical services, regardless of socioeconomic status.
In Florida, Medicaid helps low-income families with children and pregnant women to access affordable health care. Adults with disabilities and senior citizens that receive SSI payments from the Social Security Administration can also apply for benefits. If you are thinking about selling or gifting assets in order to qualify for Medicaid, you should speak with an Elder Law attorney in order to understand your legal and financial risks.
The Florida Department of Children and Families ACCESS program helps Miami residents to apply for Medicaid benefits via the Internet. This is a quick and convenient way to find out if you are eligible to receive financial aid from the government and to complete an application. For Miami residents without a computer, dozens of community partner agencies located throughout the city provide online access and computer assistance from trained personnel.
Miami is also home to several ACCESS service center locations that city residents can visit to find out more information about government benefit programs and to apply for Medicaid assistance in person. Centers are located in the heart of Miami at:
1490 NW 27th Avenue; (305) 637-2400 3750 S. Dixie Highway; (305) 446-3311 2525 NW 62nd Street; (305) 275-1155 9766 SW 24th Street; (866) 762-2237
ACCESS service centers can also be found in Hialeah, Opa Locka and other neighboring cities. To find out more, contact the ACCESS customer service call center from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays at 1-866-762-2237. The hearing impaired can call 7-1-1 or reach a trained representative at 1-800-955-8771.
If you are eligible to receive Medicaid benefits, you may be wondering exactly what health care services will be covered under your plan. Doctor’s visits, hospital stays, prescription refills, X-rays and more are all covered by Florida Medicaid, as is emergency dental care. Seniors with physical or cognitive disabilities, such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, may be able to cover the cost of long-term skilled nursing care through Medicaid. Seniors that do not need skilled nursing care but can’t live independently may be eligible to receive Medicaid payouts for adult day care programs, in-home care or care in an assisted living facility.
If you are having trouble getting to your medical appointments, there’s no need to worry. Miami is home to a world class public transit system. For seniors that are medically unable to ride on public transportation lines and who cannot find a ride with friends or family, there are several transportation services in Miami that Medicaid eligible seniors can use, such as Logisticare or the Transportation Management Group.
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