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How do you apply for the Staywell health plan in Florida?

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Staywell is a program that services those who qualify for Medicaid, so in order to sign up for Staywell, one must first contact the State of Florida to check eligibility for the program. If eligible, residents contact WellCare, the company that administers Staywell, to apply and register for health care.

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The creation of Medicaid occurred on July 30, 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed H.R. 6675 into law. Originally created to provide medical coverage for those receiving cash assistance from the government, Medicaid has since been expanded to cover other groups of people, such as the disabled and pregnant women. Medicaid is now the largest source of funding for health care services for the poor in America, as reported by the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Florida implemented the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program in 2014, according to the state's Agency for Health Care Administration. Under this program, Medicaid recipients are enrolled in one of the health care plans offered through the program; Staywell is one of those health care plans offered to Medicaid recipients. Because Medicaid is jointly funded by the federal government and each state, program eligibility and benefit levels vary by state. For the 2014 fiscal year, Florida accounted for roughly $20 million in Medicaid expenditures, which is the fifth-highest amount in the nation, according to figures provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation. However, the state was 48th in terms of total spent per beneficiary, at just less than $4,500.

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