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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2005
CONTACT: Jonathan Burns (850) 922-5871

Agency for Health Care Administration Acts to Provide Care
for Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

~Agency coordinating efforts for Medicaid eligible evacuees coming into Florida~

TALLAHASSEE - The Agency for Health Care Administration today announced efforts to provide health services to Medicaid participants who have evacuated to Florida from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. All hurricane evacuees from impacted counties who are eligible for those states’ Medicaid programs will be given special evacuee status in Florida’s Medicaid program, which will entitle them to services provided to Florida participants. Evacuees should contact the Florida Department of Children and Families’ eligibility offices to enroll.

“What we’ve witnessed in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama is absolutely heart wrenching and we want our neighbors to know that AHCA and Florida’s Medicaid program are working to ensure they receive the medical care they need while in our state,” said Secretary Alan Levine. “Florida’s health care providers are incredibly caring and I encourage them to continue the good work they are doing to help Medicaid participants who have had their lives turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina.”

Hurricane evacuees from impacted counties in the three affected states who are already on Medicaid or believe they qualify should call 1-866-762-2237 or log on to the Department of Children and Families online enrollment website myflorida.com/accessflorida. Evacuees can also contact Medicaid area offices for further information. A list of AHCA’s Medicaid area offices can be found here: http://ahca.myflorida.com/Medicaid/Areas/index.shtml .

Working to improve access to affordable, quality health care to all Floridians, the state Agency for Health Care Administration administers Florida's $15 billion Medicaid program, licenses and regulates more than 32,000 health care facilities and 30 health maintenance organizations, and publishes health care data and statistics.

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Last updated: November 09, 2007

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