Medicaid Eligibility Requirements

There are several general requirements for determining an applicant’s Florida Medicaid eligibility. In order to be eligible for Florida Medicaid ICP Benefits, the applicant must meet all of the following general requirements:

  • 65 years of age, blind or disabled.
  • U.S. citizen or qualified alien.
  • Florida Resident.
  • An asset limit of $2,000, or $5,000 (if the applicant’s gross income is less than $872 per month). The community spouse may keep up to $119,220 of assets.
  • Monthly gross income must not exceed the Florida State Income Standard (currently $2,199 as of January 2016). However, only the income of the individual residing in the nursing home is counted. If the individual’s monthly gross income exceeds this limit, it is possible to establish an Income Trust to become eligible.

Require institutional care as determined by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs CARES field office, and be placed in a Medicaid-certified facility with the capacity to provide the level of care as needed.