top of page

Where to Begin? | Eligibility for Florida Medicaid Benefit

Are you eligible for Medicaid Benefits in Florida? How do you begin to find out?

If you're seeking help on how to begin the Medicaid process, contact Laura Cassell. Laura provides Elite Eldercare Consulting support to your Medicaid needs, questions and concerns. She also specializes in senior care placement and dementia care consultations in NW Florida. *Service fees may apply. Call to learn about her hourly & package rates. 850-723-6484

Medicaid is a wide-ranging, federal, health care program for individuals of any age. Medicaid’s focus is on long term care, whether at home, in a nursing home, or in an assisted living. Medicaid in Florida is sometimes referred to as the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program. The Medicaid Managed Care Program for long-term care services for the elderly and disabled is called the Long-term Care (LTC) program.

For long-term care services provided at home called Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), adult care homes, and in assisted living residences there’s a managed care system allowing program participants to receive all Medicaid benefits from one administering agency. The managed care program limits the number of participants, which means a waiting list is common for some services for people who meet the eligibility requirements.

Recommended Steps:

1. Contact the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

a. 1-866-762-2237 and ask for a paper application to be sent OR

b. and fill out the online eligibility application

2. Schedule Interview with the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

a. The DOEA will determine based on the interview/assessment with the individual needing the Medicaid benefit, how much care required/day

3. Contact Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Office

a. 1-877-711-3662 and discuss application and eligibility

b. Visit: for more information

4. Ensure Assisted Living Facility Benefits are in place for the person needing the

Medicaid benefit assigned to the Long-Term Care (LTC) Benefit

a. Long-Term Care (LTC): Provides Medicaid LTC services like care in a

nursing facility, assisted living, or at home.

Laura Cassell, CDP, M.S. Applied Aging Sciences

Geriatric Care Manager & Dementia Practitioner

Serving the Florida Panhandle (Pensacola-Panama City)


38 views0 comments


bottom of page