State health care information for the criminal justice system

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For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in Florida

Florida has not expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults, as of January 2015.[i]  Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Florida.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information: Florida has a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM).[iii]  People can use the FFM to compare plans, purchase low-cost insurance, and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that apply.

Enrollment: People in Florida can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are two ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and apply for or enroll in these benefits:

1) They can use the online application on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.[iv]

2) They can access free, in-person help.

 

Florida Medicaid and Health Insurance Links 

Link to the state Medicaid agency website for more information on Medicaid and for application forms to download and print[v]

Link to important contact information the Medicaid helpline number (1-866-762-2237) [vi]

Link to a map with contact information and locations of Florida Department of Children and Family Services Field Offices[vii]

Link to a summary of Florida’s basic eligibility guidelines[viii]

Link to information on  Florida’s Medicaid State Plan[ix]

Link to information on what is covered for traditional Medicaid beneficiaries and other frequently asked questions[x]

Link to an organizational chart for the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration[xi]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director[xii]

Link to the Medicaid provider handbooks and information on the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program[xiii]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on Florida’s health insurance exchange? Florida does not currently operate its own exchange. Visit healthcare.gov to apply for coverage.

Where can you find help to enroll in health coverage and other resources? Link to enrollment help[xiv]

 

State Health Facts for Florida

How many people in Florida are eligible to participate?  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 19% (3,618,100) of Florida’s population was uninsured, in 2013.[xv] The total number of potential marketplace participants is 2,504,000.[xvi]

How many are enrolled so far? 1,270,995 individuals have selected a marketplace plan, as of January 2015.[xvii]

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 386,000 of Florida’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid; 69,000 are adults and 318,000 are children.[xviii]

Is Florida a Medicaid health home state?  No.[xix]

Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?

 House: Rep. Jason T. Brodeur [R] chairs the House Health and Human Services Committee.

Senate: Sen. Aaron Bean [R] chairs the Senate Committee on Health Policy.[xx]

 

Other Related Information and Links for Florida

Link to information on the Florida Department of Corrections[xxi]

Link to information about Florida’s substance abuse services[xxii]

Link to information about Florida’s mental health services

Link to the Florida Council for Community Mental Health and the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association to get information about Florida’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers

 

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for Florida [xxiii]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxiv]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxv]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxvi]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxvii]

Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxviii]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxix]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxx]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxi]

 

Click here to return to the map of state profiles:   state-by-state healthcare profile map

 

State Health Care Information Profiles for the Criminal Justice System prepared on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) by Legal Action Center and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

[i] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State, Florida, last viewed on January 2, 2015, at 9:35 a.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/florida.html.

[ii] See supra at 259.

[iii] See Kaiser Family Foundation, State Decisions on Health Insurance Marketplaces and the Medicaid Expansion, last viewed on December 18, 2014 at 3:52 p.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-decisions-for-creating-health-insurance-exchanges-and-expanding-medicaid/.

[iv] See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 9:43 a.m., www.healthcare.gov.

[v] See Agency for Healthcare Administration, Medicaid, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 9:57 a.m., http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/Medicaid/index.shtml.

[vi] See Agency for Healthcare Administration, Contact Us, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 9:59 a.m., https://portal.flmmis.com/FLPublic/Portals/0/StaticContent/Public/Public%20Misc%20Files/122314%20HP%20Contact%20Info%20and%20FL%20Medicaid%20Resources.pdf.

[vii] See Agency for Healthcare Administration, Florida Medicaid Field Offices, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 10:07 a.m., https://portal.flmmis.com/FLPublic/Portals/0/StaticContent/Public/Public%20Misc%20Files/Medicaid_Field_Office_Map_June_2014.pdf.

[viii] See CMS, State Medicaid and CHIP Income Eligibility Standards, (For MAGI Groups, based on state decisions as of July 1, 2014), last viewed on January 2, 2015, at 10:16 a.m. (Provides data for all 50 states.)

[ix] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed on January 2, 2015, at 10:19 a.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Florida (Provides State Plan Amendments and Summaries).

[x] See Florida Medicaid Summary of Services, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 10:31 a.m., http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/medicaid/pdffiles/2012-2013_Summary_of_Services_Final_121031.pdf.

[xi] See Florida Department for Healthcare, Agency for Healthcare Administration, Organizational Chart, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 10:35 a.m., http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/Inside_AHCA/org_chart.shtml.

[xii] See National Association of Medicaid Directors, About Us, State Directors, last viewed on January 2, 2015, at 10:36 a.m., http://medicaiddirectors.org/about/state-directors. (Includes contact information for the State Medicaid Director of all 50 states.)

[xiii] See Agency for Healthcare Administration, Provider Handbooks, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 10:40 a.m., http://portal.flmmis.com/FLPublic/Provider_ProviderSupport/Provider_ProviderSupport_ProviderHandbooks/tabId/42/Default.aspx.

[xiv]See Agency for Healthcare Administration, Medicaid, Resources, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 10:59 a.m., http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/Medicaid/resources2.shtml.

[xv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 10:50 a.m., http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/?state=FL.

[xvi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 10:51 a.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.

[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics,  last viewed at January 2, 2015, at 10:55 a.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.

[xviii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act? last viewed on January 2, 2015, at 10:57 a.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-florida/.

[xix] See The Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Home State Plan Option, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 11 a.m., http://kff.org/medicaid/state-indicator/health-home-state-plan-option/.

[xx] See Florida Senate, Health Policy Committee, last viewed on January 2, 2015 at 11:12 a.m., http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/HP/.

[xxi] See Florida Department of Corrections, last viewed on January 2, 2015, at 11:18 a.m., http://www.dc.state.fl.us/.

[xxii] See Florida Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program, last viewed on January 2, 2015, at 11:19 a.m., http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/substance-abuse.

[xxiii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=FL.

[xxiv]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxv]   See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxvi]   See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxvii]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxviii] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxix] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxx  See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxxi See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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