What are the eligibility requirements for Medicaid in Florida?


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Medicaid in Florida is available to persons and families who meet at least one of the following requirements: low-income families with children, aged or disabled persons, pregnant woman, noncitizens with medical emergencies and child-only coverage, explains Renee Chapple for About.com. However, specific qualifications differ across these categories.

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The Florida Department of Children and Families, or DCF, determines the Medicaid eligibility in Florida, according to its website. Qualification may also be determined by the Social Security Administration.

Florida families with children qualify for Medicaid coverage under the following circumstance: family income less than the limits for Temporary Cash Assistance, notes Chapple. The limit is $364 for a family of four members, as at 2011. This increases by about $62 for a marginal family member. Families with countable assets below $2,000, excluding the homestead, may also qualify for Medicaid.

Children of U.S. citizenship and Florida residents are eligible for Medicaid if they are under the age of 1 and have a family income below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, states Chapple. Additionally, children between the ages of 1 and 5 with family income below 133 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are also eligible. Further, children between 6 and 18 with family income below 100 percent of the federal poverty guidelines may also qualify for Medicaid.

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