Florida Nursing Home Medicaid Eligibility Requirements
There are several general requirements for determining an applicant’s Nursing Home eligibility. To be eligible for Florida Medicaid ICP Benefits, the applicant must meet all of the following general requirements:
- 65 years of age, blind or disabled.
- U.S. citizen or qualified alien, Getting a Green Card in Florida. When you are not a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen, obtaining a green card is initially the “holy grail” of the immigration process. A green card provides authorization to live and work throughout the U.S. as well as the right of re-entry if you need to leave the country.
- Florida Resident.
- An asset limit of $2,000, or $5,000 (if the applicant’s gross income is less than $872 per month). The community spouse may keep up to $126,420 of assets.
- Monthly gross income must not exceed the Florida State Income Standard (currently $2,313 as of January 2019). However, only the income of the individual residing in a nursing home is counted. If the individual’s monthly gross income exceeds this limit, it is possible to establish an Income Trust to become eligible.
The Requirements must also be met for long term care institutional Medicaid as determined by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs CARES field office, and be placed in a Medicaid certified facility to provide the level of care as needed.
Enacted in 1965 through amendments to the Social Security Act, Medicaid is jointly financed by states and the federal government. Each state establishes and administers its own Medicaid program and determines the type, amount, duration, and scope of services covered within broad federal guidelines.Please fill in the REQUEST for a free consultation. Or, if you prefer to call and leave your contact information, we will return your call and answer your questions about the Medicaid requirements and regulations.