Despite controversies in Florida’s state budgeting over the last several years, Medicaid spending has remained fairly consistent. This is good news for those who depend on the program, however each year’s budget brings new challenges. 

Governor has left Medicaid mostly intact despite complaining about the program’s cost

Governor Ron DeSantis had initially campaigned against large amounts of Medicaid spending and other programs that take up lots of taxpayer money. He did not change the program or its budget much after taking office, even with rhetoric that made voters think otherwise. Medicaid funding has mostly remained similar each fiscal year in Florida aside from some minor cuts and changes.

While serving in Congress in prior years, Florida’s governor had spoken about spending too much on Medicaid on several occasions. Once he was elected, his first budget remained similar to the previous governor’s plan for spending, with Medicaid mostly unaffected. All hospitals, nursing homes, and HMOs that treat elderly and at risk patients would be operating as normal under the proposed budget. The state’s agency for healthcare administration would also receive over $29 billion, with some of that money going for various regulations, inspections, and enforcement of facilities that provide services with Medicaid funding.

Under state law, the governor needs to submit a budget plan to the legislature every single year. This proposed budget never actually goes into effect, but it gives a framework for proposed spending and other important issues. Related spending often goes to the Department of Children and Families, Veterans Affairs, and other groups who are traditionally disadvantaged or have special needs. 

Changes do occur regularly, although none of them seem to have significantly affected those who depend on funding. There was a Medicaid block grant program that would make broad changes if implemented. Other concerns from previous years included funding cuts that could potentially impact about 40,000 elderly and disabled individuals around the state, although these cuts rarely happen. 

Planning for healthcare costs

Medicaid and other government programs that assist those in financial need are always in danger of losing their funding or being changed. This can seriously affect those who are dependent on government assistance, and their ability to afford routine forms of healthcare and necessary treatment could be compromised.

One of the best ways to plan for these possible changes is to speak to a lawyer who focuses on these issues. Some attorneys work with Medicaid recipients and their families to ensure that they will have enough money for healthcare costs, without affecting savings, inheritance, and other important financial matters that families care about. 

Get legal help related to estate planning and Medicaid

There are attorneys who handle Medicaid issues and planning for the future through trusts, wills, and other documents, To learn more, contact:

The Estate, Trust, and Elder Law Firm

850 NW Federal Highway, #1004, Stuart, FL 34994

772-261-8556

www.etelf.com

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