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Consumer Voice Opposes Florida’s Medicaid Wavier Amendment to Eliminate Retroactive Coverage

June 04, 2018

Consumer Voice sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opposing the State of Florida's proposal to waive the federal protection that provides up to three months of retroactive Medicaid coverage for Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) program recipients. Under the proposal, the MMA program could provide coverage only as far back as the first day of the month of application.  Retroactive coverage is vital to vulnerable long-term care consumers and protects older adults and their families who experience unexpected health care needs and may not be able to file a prompt Medicaid application.  The Medicaid application process often can take weeks or months.  This proposed waiver would leave Medicaid-eligibile consumers without coverage when they have health care needs, especially when those needs are unpredictable and necessary.

Read Consumer Voice's full letter here.

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