In 2018, lawmakers changed the retroactive eligibility for those who qualify for Medicaid from 90 days to 30 days. This dramatic change is expected to affect thousands of Floridians. If you believe this upcoming law will impact your life, contact a board certified elder law attorney as soon as possible.
What is Medicaid?
66.3 million Americans are covered by Medicaid. This government program provides much need healthcare to eligible low-income adults, pregnant women, children, the elderly, and disabled people. The program is managed by the states based on federal requirements and is funded by the state and federal government.
What is retroactive eligibility?
The phrase “retroactive eligibility” means that a person who applies for Medicaid coverage may seek benefits that date back before they submitted their application. Currently, there is a 3-month retroactive eligibility law in place. However, in Florida, lawmakers voted to reduce this time period from 90 days to 30 days. The new law went into effect on February 1, 2019.
How will this affect you?
The retroactive eligibility change to Medicaid in Florida will certainly have an impact.Only time will tell if those changes are beneficial to the state as a whole. Here are a few ways the retroactive eligibility change might affect you:
- Time is of the essence — It is more important than ever that you submit your application as quickly as possible.
- New applicants — People who would not normally apply because they are ineligible may start applying as a result of the change.
- Legal help is needed — You will need the guidance of a reputable and board certified elder law attorney.
Trusted Medicaid counsel from experienced elder law lawyers
At the Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan, the only Florida law firm with two dual board certified attorneys in wills, trusts and estates and in elder law, we provide you with accessible, hands-on legal guidance no matter how complicated your case may seem. For more information about Medicaid in Central Florida, call (407) 977-8080 today, or contact us online to speak with an experienced estate planning attorney.