As an addendum to the previous post, in which Florida Governor Rick Scott is rather upset that outreach and general awareness of the Affordable Care Act has led to folks discovering they’re eligible for pre-ACA Medicaid benefits, I thought it’d be useful to understand, roughly, who Scott is directing his ire towards.
They’re mostly children:
As well as the elderly and disabled:
As some older data from the Kaiser Family Foundation lists the vast majority of Medicaid recipients are children, the elderly, and the disabled, both within the state and nationally. Florida does not offer benefits to childless adults, no matter how poor they may be. A resident who is a parent has to earn less than $3,532.00, annually, to qualify for Medicaid coverage.
These are for the most part human beings whom ultimately, through age or disposition, are without choice in their level of need. These are the folks who are so upsetting the governor of Florida.
These graphs are from the state’s most recent quarterly Medicaid report. Florida’s program is broken up into two parts, with little overlap, and one specific subset: the standard Managed Medical Assistance (MMA), Long-term Care (LTC), and a smaller portion called MMA Speciality. The first is the largest, wherein 54 percent are children under the age of 14 and over two-thirds (70%) are under 21. The LTC program overwhelmingly pays for nursing home, or comparable level, of care. Around 85 percent of LTC enrollees are age 65 or older. The Speciality plan covers folks with serious chronic mental and physical health conditions, children who are wards of the state, and those with AIDS or HIV. Seventy percent of MMA Speciality enrollees are age 21 or younger.