Medicaid is the medical assistance program that provides access to health care for low-income families and individuals. Medicaid also assists aged and disabled people with the costs of nursing facility care and other medical expenses. The Deputy Secretary of Medicaid oversees the Divisions of Medicaid Operations, Medicaid Finance, and Medicaid Health Systems and operates the Medical Care Advisory Committee.
In Florida the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is responsible for Medicaid and is currently in the process of implementing the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program.
For more information about Medicaid covered services view the Summary of Services. For the number of Medicaid recipients enrolled in the program view our Reports of Medicaid Eligibles and to view the number of Medicaid recipients enrolled in managed care plans refer to our Managed Care Enrollment Reports.
AHCA is also the lead agency for the Children’s Medical Insurance Programs (Title XXI–SCHIP). In Florida, this program is known as the Florida KidCare program and is the state's children health insurance program for uninsured children.
The Department of Children and Families acts as our agent by enrolling people in Medicaid.
At times, individuals confuse Medicaid and Medicare, but Medicare is a separate program. Medicaid is a partnership between the states and the federal government, with each paying about half the cost. Each state operates its own Medicaid program under a state plan. Additional information regarding coverage and reimbursement can be found in the Medicaid handbooks and fee schedules on the fiscal agent web portal. Interested parties can also sign up for Florida Medicaid Health Care Alerts.