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Medicaid Changes Give Patients Less Time to Apply for Coverage in Florida

December 05, 2018 / Elizabeth Koh

Floridians will now have less time to apply for Medicaid coverage if they want healthcare costs retroactively covered after federal officials approved a state request Friday to shorten how far back the state's program can pick up the bill. The change, which critics have charged will limit access to healthcare for the poor, elderly and those with disabilities, means those who qualify for the safety-net program now have up to 30 days of retroactive eligibility once they qualify for Medicaid, as opposed to the original 90 days. After approval from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees the safety net program, the 30-day policy will go into effect Feb. 1 and remain in place until June 30 unless state lawmakers vote to extend the change.