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There are two tests that Florida residents must pass in order to receive Medicaid eligibility, an asset test and an income test. Residents must not have an excessive quantity of assets or income to receive complete coverage. The income test assesses the gross monthly income of the applicant. Income is considered to be the total sum that a resident takes in after taxes and after Medicare Part B premiums have been deducted. A spouse’s income is not counted on an application if he or she is not in need of Medicaid services.
In terms of Medicaid guideline implementation, Florida is an “Income Cap” state. An applicant does not pass the income test when he has a gross monthly income exceeding $1,869, which means that he should not receive Medicaid eligibility. However, since 1993, applicants may still be able to qualify even when they exceed this cap amount.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration or AHCA is responsible for all Medicaid payments within the state of Florida. New Medicaid participants must submit their applications to the Department of Children and Families.
For more Florida Medicaid information, visit the government website or call the Florida Department of Children and Families at (866) 762-2237.