For many families, thinking about long-term care is not high on their list of priorities. However, that doesn’t make those choices any less important. It is often crucial for those who have a disability, no matter what their age may be, for their families to determine how to care for that person and to consider Medicaid planning. This may be why some Florida legislators have appealed to Governor Ron DeSantis to expand to help a larger portion of the state population.
Several Florida state reps came together to submit a letter to the governor voicing their concerns over the lack of Medicaid expansion. They argue that expanding it will not just benefit families across the state, but also reduce costs to the government. The letter asserts that leaving Medicaid as it is actually costs the state of Florida several billion dollars every year. One analysis puts the figure at $66 billion, which expansion supporters say would be better spent on residents.
The letter also claims that expanding Medicaid will benefit the state economy by creating jobs and increasing economic activity. It points out that Florida was the state with the highest enrollment rates in the government’s online Marketplace — designed to help people shop for and enroll in affordable health care coverage — at the start of the year, but that many people still don’t have coverage. Those people could be covered by Medicaid if the program was expanded, they say.
Whatever Florida decides to do about Medicaid, this letter highlights how important it is to many families around the state. Medicaid planning requires careful consideration for those who need long-term or disability care. Families with questions may want to consult an attorney who is experienced in this area of the law.