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What do you need to know about Florida's new Medicaid eligibility rules?

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According to Florida's Medicaid eligibility rules as of 2015, not all low-income adults are able to receive Medicaid, only low-income people who meet special criteria. Some people with higher incomes may be eligible for Medicaid if they have high medical bills or have certain conditions.

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Only residents of Florida are eligible for Florida Medicaid. Elderly and disabled people already enrolled in the Supplementary Security Income program managed by the Social Security Administration or individuals receiving Temporary Cash Assistance are automatically eligible for Medicaid. Families with children, pregnant women and children under 21 who meet the financial requirements are also eligible for Medicaid. Those under 26 who were in state foster care programs are eligible for Medicaid without income limits.

Noncitizens who meet Medicaid requirements for low income may receive Medicaid to cover medical emergencies such as childbirth. Enrollment in the Florida Medicaid medically needy share of cost program is based on the amount of the medical bills and the income and size of the patient's household. Individuals and families are able to use an online tool to determine Medicaid eligibility by going to the Florida Department of Children and Families main page, selecting Apply Online and Check Status under ACCESS Florida, and clicking Am I Eligible under Access Your Benefits.

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