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Old 04-26-2014, 05:05 PM
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Default When released, are Floridians eligible for food stamps or any medical?

My fiancé will be released in 70 days (whoo!). He wanted to know if it is true he will be eligible for "emergency" food stamps and Medicaid when he is released.
He was told he would be however he has been told some other things that have not been true.

Does anyone have experience with benefits (if any) upon release?

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Old 04-27-2014, 08:11 AM
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Adults in Florida can only get Medicaid if they are pregnant, a parent of child in their household who is under 18, primary caretaker of someone in the household who is disabled, are disabled, or over 65. So no, it is unlikely he will qualify for Medicaid when he gets out unless he meets one of those special categories. There are also very strict household income requirements.

As for the food stamps...I don't know. I know that my husband didn't get them automatically when he left.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:23 AM
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Yes, if unemployed he will qualify for Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act. Its Federal, not state. He can sign up for that when he goes to the Food Stamp office to apply for food stamps. As for the food stamps themselves, it depends o Florida's guidelines concerning his charges. If drug related, often the offender has to have completed a 6 month drug program.........however, I'm not familiar with Florida's policy.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:20 AM
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Ok thanks!

Not a big deal if he does not but he was curious.
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:15 PM
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Florida is not taking part in the ACA law expansion of Medicaid. Gov. Scott is making Florida one of the 24 states that did NOT accept the Federal money to expand Medicaid under the ACA, because they oppose the ACA. The Medicaid guidelines that I described above still apply in Florida despite the ACA law going into effect. Nothing has changed in Florida regarding Medicaid under the ACA. The pre-ACA guidelines still apply.

Like food stamps, Medicaid is a Federally-funded program that is run by the states and each state makes its own rules. Florida's rules are as I described above.
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DCF issues an Emergency Food Stamps only in a case when County/City was declared a disaster area. DCF can approve expedited FS prior to phone interview if your application was completed, e-signed, your ID was found in the system(DMV, DOC, Vital statistics, SSA match, etc), was authenticated by the system ( you need to answer correctly 3 of 4 identity questions). If you have any drug trafficking charges- you are banned from FS for life. As for Medicaid, you have to meet the following conditions: be pregnant, be over 65, be disabled by State, have minor children under age of 18( mutual, step, relative minors placed by court), have some type of cancer. If you expect to be out of work due to the illness for 12 mos and more- you can apply for so called DDD Medicaid( thru DCF, but approved by SSA). It is very complicated and chances to get it are slim. No "Obamacare" is available for a single adult in Florida. You can always try County Human Services, Health Department or Free clinics.

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If he is in Jacksonville area or Gainesville area he can apply for a Shands card at Shands/UF medical center. It covers all medical care with Shands/UF providers and all meds on their approved formulary but you have to use the hospital outpatient pharmacy at Shands. If he is out of those areas check with your local hospital that carries an indigent contract with the city....would be public hospitals not private....usually ones affiliated with a university i.e. teaching hospitals. Hope this helps......good luck.
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