APPENDIX B. FLORIDA
The information in this appendix is presented in three major sections:
The first section provides an overview of the state's long term care system, with a primary focus on the Medicaid program. Although a state may pay for services in residential care settings through the Medicaid program, the program's financial eligibility criteria and related financial provisions for home and community services can present barriers to serving Medicaid clients in these settings. Thus, the first section of each state's description presents detailed information about rules related to financial eligibility, spousal financial protections, and cost sharing requirements.
The second section describes the state's residential care system.
The final section presents the views of respondents interviewed for this study on a range of issues related to Medicaid coverage of services in residential care settings in their state.
Because the information in the first two sections is intended to serve as a reference, some information is presented under more than one heading to reduce the need for readers to refer back to other sections for relevant information.
Unless otherwise cited in endnotes, all information presented here was obtained from the sources listed at the end. Supplemental Security Income levels, the federal poverty level, federal spousal protection provisions, state supplemental payments, and state reimbursement rates are for 2003, unless otherwise noted.