Trying to Define Florida's Medicaid Law

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

Tallahassee, FL --

Martha Moor's life was forever changed back in July 2002.

She says her son, Everette, was breaking up a fight when he was shot in the neck.

Now he lives with his parents full-time because he can't take care of himself.

Everette's been on medicaid since the incident, and his mother wants to know what's next.

"I'm under pressure with this. My son is under pressure," said Moor. "We need answers and we're not getting any answers."

Moor said she's contacted the agency for Health Care Administration all week and still doesn't have any answers.

Moor joined other medicaid patients Friday hoping for more clarity.

"It's taken his life away. Not only has this taken his life away but every other, week, month, year there's something that comes from the government that changes for him his future," said Moor.

The new medicaid system will take effect July 1, 2011.

It will move medicaid patients from a free for service model to a managed-care system.

One doctor WCTV contacted says patients biggest concern should be staying informed.

"Well what happens especially with medicaid a lot of patients are uninformed," said Bond Community Health Center Medical Director Temple Robinson. "Sometimes their medicaid providers are changed and the patients are not aware of it at all."

This is just the first of 11 meetings state officials are holding to get feedback on the new law.

The next stop is in Pensacola on Monday.

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