Medicaid is an option many seniors in Florida use to help pay for their medical care. Statewide the program subsidizes over two-thirds of senior-specific care including nursing home care, in-home care, hospice services, non-emergency medical transport, and adult day care programs. Here we review basic Medicaid questions and answers for Tampa residents to help you determine if you may qualify to apply for the program.
There are a number of Medicaid assistance programs available in Florida. In order to qualify for the Social Security Income Medicaid (SSI) program you must be either a senior over the age of 65 living in the state, or an adult with a long-term disability with a prognosis of one year or more and requiring a minimum of 30 continuous days of medical treatment or care. Applicants also need to have a low-income and limited assets not including their home value.
The easiest way to apply for Medicaid in the state of Florida is to go online to the ACCESS Florida webpage. The portal allows you to create a new account, submit a new application, check the status of a current application, and if you’re enrolled in the program, check your benefits, claim history, and more.
For in-person application assistance, you can go to the Tampa ACCESS Service Center located at 9393 North Florida Avenue or call 866-762-2237 for toll-free assistance over the phone. There are also offices located in Pasco County, Largo, and St. Petersburg. To see all offices near you, view the interactive map here.
Local community partners can also provide seniors with help and resources. Here you’ll find a listing of providers in Hillsborough County who have volunteers on hand to help with navigating the website and submitting your application online like American Pace or the Center for Restoration.
Seniors on Medicaid in the Tampa Bay area will receive assistance with medical care costs for doctor appointments, hospital visits, dental care, prescription medications, lab work, and x-rays. You may also apply for benefits to cover the cost of in-home care, nursing home care, adult day programs, and hospice services, if they are deemed necessary by your doctor.
If you will be using long-term nursing home care or adult day care services, you will need to choose a provider approved by Medicaid. Here you can find a listing of providers approved by the state or you may wish to just ask if they accept Medicaid assignment when you’re touring the facility or program.
Transportation services approved by Medicaid can be utilized to get to and from medical appointments in the Tampa area. Tampa Bay has dozens of providers who offer seniors a ride including We Care Transport and TransCare. In all cases, get transportation pre-approved by Medicaid and schedule your driver a few days in advance. Florida Non-Emergency Medical Transport is a wonderful resource for Tampa residents. They can be found online or contacted by phone at 1-844-239-5974.
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