Medicaid is a common funding source in Florida for seniors who need help paying for their medical care. In fact, more than two-thirds of the state’s nursing home care, adult day programs, in-home medical care, hospice services, and medical transportation for seniors is paid for by Ohio’s program. Seniors interested in applying for Medicaid, or who are just looking for more information to see if they might qualify, can use this helpful overview to get pointed in the right direction.
In the state of Florida, seniors ages 65 and older and adults with a diagnosed long-term disability expected to last a minimum of one year and need 30 consecutive days of medical care, may qualify for the Social Security Income (SSI) Medicaid program. Other criteria include having limited assets excluding your home value and a low income.
Seniors can apply for Medicaid benefits online by going to the ACCESS Florida webpage, creating an account, and submitting an application. You can also manage your account, check a claim status, or apply for additional assistance such as nursing home or adult day care services through your online account.
To apply in person, you can visit the Orange County ACCESS Application Center in Orlando located at 6218 W Colonial Drive Suite #240, or call 866-762-2237 for toll-free assistance over the phone.
In addition to the local application center, there are a number of local community partners in the Orlando area who provide on-site assistance to seniors with their Medicaid application. Most have volunteers on hand to work with you on the computer to submit the required information. You can find a full listing of providers by county by searching here, including All in One Community Center, Charity & Love Center, Caribbean Community Connection, and Cac Florida Medical Center.
SSI Medicaid will assist with costs of basic medical care for seniors in Orlando. This includes things like doctor appointments, hospitalizations, dental appointments, prescription medications and refills, lab work tests, and x-rays. Additional assistance may be requested for seniors who need in-home health care, nursing home care, hospice services, or adult day care services for a chronic or long-term health condition.
Seniors who need long-term care or access to adult day programs need to select a Medicaid approved provider. You can find a listing of facilities that accept Florida Medicaid here, or you can simply ask the provider you’re considering using if they are part of the Medicaid program.
Medicaid approved transportation services in the Orlando area can be called to drive seniors to and from medical appointments. Orlando has dozens of provider options to choose from including Sunshine Health Transportation and Logisticare Transportation Services. Medicaid will need pre-approval of all transportation services, and it’s important to schedule your driver a few days in advance. The Florida Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) is a great resource and can be found online here or reached via phone at 1-844-239-5974.
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