Medicaid programs are administered by the federal government in conjunction with the state government where in most cases the federal government provides the necessary funds while the state government offers the required care. In US every state is governed by different legislative laws and policies therefore the standards required for eligibility of Medicaid program in US depends on the stipulated legislations and policies of each state although they are almost similar.
Therefore, this report will elaborate and compare the Medicaid eligibility requirements that are stipulated by legislation and policies that govern Texas and Florida state residents.
Texas Medicaid program is a joint venture between the federal government and the state of Texas that provides health care insurance to residents that earn low income and the disabled where the federal government provides most of the funding and eligibility requirements while the state provides the Medicaid services to the applicant.
In Florida the Medicaid program is provided by the State’s department of children and families where it pays for the difference between the applicant’s monthly income and the monthly charges for the Medicaid services thus shares the responsibility of funding the Medicaid program with the federal government (CMS para. 2-3).
First and foremost the two states require the applicant to be a US citizen or a qualified alien that is a non US resident but has a qualified immigration status. Also the applicants should reside in Texas or in Florida State at the time of application and in the future if they plan to continue depending on the services of the Medicaid program.
In Texas so long as you live in the state you can be considered as a Texas resident because the state has not specified a time frame for residency which is not the case in Florida. In Texas Medicaid program, a person must qualify to all the stipulate standards for instance the applicant must not be below 65 years old while in Florida a person must have reached the age of 65 years and is blind or possess other disabilities as mandated by the Florida department of elderly affairs cares (CMS para. 4).
For the two states Medicaid programs should be used as a last resort option and the applicants must surrender any information about another program helping them to pay health care costs.
The Texas Medicaid program requires applicants to posses assets that are not worth more than $2, 000 dollars and if a married couple is seeking Medicaid services the worth of their assets should not exceed $3,000 dollars while the Florida Medicaid programs requires applicants to posses assets that are not worth more than $2, 000 dollars and for the married couples the worth of their assets should not exceed $5,000 dollars.
The Florida Medicaid program also requires the applicants to be earning a monthly income of $1, 911 according to the Florida State income standards that are depicted by the Florida benefit rate which changes annually. The change occurs in accordance to the market forces which are political, economic and social for instance the required income standard in 2000 was $1, 536 per month.
Texas Medicaid program also requires the applicants to earn a monthly income of less than $1, 911 dollars. The two states also require applicants seeking for Medicaid nursing home services to have medical needs that demand for the intervention of a licensed nursing care and must posses the risk assessment criteria required for placement in the nursing homes (CMS para. 6-9).
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CMS. “Medicaid Eligibility: Overview”. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website (2008). 3rd, June, 2009. ;http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medicaidEligibility;.