Advocates Provide Guides and Tips for New Florida MLTSS Program
In September, the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC), along with the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys and Florida Legal Services Inc., released guides and tips for beneficiaries regarding Florida’s transition from fee for service (FFS) to managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS). This program is called the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-term Care Program (the Program), has an effective date of July 1, 2013 and will last for three years. Enrollment started on August 1, and The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) had approved the Program in February. The National Council on Medicaid Home Care – a NAHC Affiliate - discusses some of the highlights of the guides and tips, along with other information about the Program.
Scope and Start Dates
The Program is divided into eleven (11) regions, with enrollment start dates varying between August 2013 and March 2014. Central Florida, including Orlando, came online first, with 9,300 enrollees on August 1. Counties in Southwest (5,600 enrollees) and Southeast (7,900 enrollees) Florida including Sarasota and Palm Beach counties followed on September 1. Total statewide enrollment in the Program will exceed 90,000 beneficiaries.