What’s What in Medicaid Planning: Medically Needy Program

By Amanda MattoxIn the News, Medicaid, With 0 comments

So you’ve taken the first step and started researching Medicaid and Medicaid planning in Florida.

What is the Medically Needy Program?

In some cases the program is referred to as the “Share of Cost” program. It’s a program offered by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) who also determine a Florida Medicaid applicant’s eligibility.

The Medically Needy Program offers limited Medicaid benefits to individuals who have a certain amount of medical bills each month (guidelines set by the DCF), but whose income is over the Medicaid program limit. Individuals qualify for Medically Needy coverage on a month-to-month basis by meeting a monthly “share of cost” which varies depending on the individual’s income and other guidelines set by the DCF.

It is important to note that not all medical providers accept Medicaid or Medically Needy program payments. Furthermore, the DCF is specific as to what medical expenses are used to meet the “share of cost” and what does not meet the “share of cost.”

It’s important that you understand the complex Medicaid benefits policies and procedures set by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for this and other programs.

As always, potential Medicaid applicants should consult with a Florida Bar licensed attorney who has experience with Elder Law and is knowledgeable about the Medically Needy Program’s restrictions or contact The DCF hotline at 1-866-762-2237.


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