longterm care

Florida’s long-term care industry group says the state’s Medicaid Managed Care system isn’t quite working for it. And it wants long term care to be carved out of the system. The state long-term care association brought its complaints to a state healthcare committee Tuesday.

An advisory panel for the Department of Elder Affairs is pushing back against critics of the state’s long-term care ombudsman panel. 

In a conference call Thursday, the agency’s advisory council decried recent media reports suggesting the departure of longterm care ombudsman Jim Crochet may have been politically influenced. Council member Bill Edelstein put the blame on another former ombudsman--Brian Lee for leaking misinformation:

A map representing the 13 regions for Medicaid Managed Care
Agency For Healthcare Administration

Florida health officials kicked off the state’s transition to a Medicaid managed care system Thursday.  Seniors in nursing homes are the first to enter the newly privatized system.

More than 9,000 Central Florida long-term care patients have signed up for insurance plans to cover the cost of their care. The move comes two years after state lawmakers approved the privatization of Medicaid for low-income Floridians.

Rita Stevens

Tallahassee businesswoman Rita Stevens runs a bustling childcare center. In addition to caring for other people’s children, Stevens is the primary caregiver for her adult daughter who has a mental disability. Her daughter is able to live in her own apartment with assistance but Stevens says there’s still a lot to do.

“I feel like I have to babysit the caregivers and stay on top of them to make sure her room is getting cleaned. They have these supportive living plans and making sure they’re following those," she said.