Seniors who require additional medical care will be encouraged to learn that a new plan put forth by lawmakers will be expanding Medicaid by August. Florida is in the process of moving to a state-wide managed-care system as of August 1, a move that will definitely factor into Medicaid planning for the state's elderly population. The move will primarily affect seniors requiring long-term care.
Seven health care plans have been approved that will eventually expand long-term care service to include 85,000 seniors in the Florida area. The changes will begin in August in central Florida and will expand outward, with an estimated completion date for the entire state as of March 2014. According to medical professionals, the biggest change from the current system to the new state-wide system will be the number of patients served.