Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria evacuees in Florida can get help for medical care.


In Florida, Medicaid provides medical coverage for low-income people and families, including people who evacuate to Florida because of Hurricane Maria. The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) determines eligibility for Medicaid.

WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS?

Medicaid assistance in Florida You can get Medicaid in Florida, but only if you do not plan to go back to Puerto Rico in the foreseeable future. Be careful how you describe what you plan to do when you apply. If you intend to return to Puerto Rico someday but you do not plan to do so in the foreseeable future, you can be considered a resident of Florida and get Medicaid. It doesn’t matter how long you are in Florida, as long as you do not have plans right now to go back to Puerto Rico in the foreseeable future.

Verification for eligibility. 

  • DCF will require that you meet certain eligibility factors to receive Medicaid. In addition to the requirement that one be a low-income or low-asset resident of the State of Florida, some other eligibility factors include qualifying as one or more of the following:  
    • A parent or caretaker relatives of children;
    • A child;
    • A pregnant woman;
    • A former foster care individual;
    • A non-citizen with medical emergencies; or
    • An aged or disabled individual not currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • In addition, you are required to provide proof of Florida residency and your intent to stay in the state of Florida. If you do not have verification, you may provide DCF a statement called a Self-Declaration Statement as verification of your residency.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

Apply for Medicaid.

WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE TAKING ACTION?

File an appeal if you are denied Medicaid.

If you are denied Medicaid, contact Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s helpline at 1-800-405-1417 for advice and possibly assistance filing an appeal.