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Florida Elder Justice Conference

Registration for the 2019 conference is now open!

There is limited space for the conference, so please register at the link below as soon as possible.

Please also apply for a scholarship if you are eligible. We have extended the deadline for scholarship applications until February 13, but you are encouraged not to delay registration.

Advocate’s Guide to the Florida Long-Term Care Medicaid Waiver Published

The Advocate’s Guide to the Florida Long Term Care Medicaid Waiver  provides a roadmap to the complex Medicaid program providing home and community-based services for frail elderly and disabled Floridians who want to stay out of a nursing home after they can no longer handle the routines of daily living.

The Guide provides advocates with an overview of the authority governing Florida's Medicaid managed care long-term care waiver and a roadmap addressing basic questions including: who is eligible; how to apply; what to do if an application is denied or delayed; how the waitlist works; what to do if services are denied, delayed, terminated or reduced.

The Guide is available online or as a PDF download.


New Federal CHIP Law Will Protect Florida's Children

Joan Alker and the Center for Children and Families have published a new report about how the new CHIP law will work for Florida children and families.  Read more about it and check out the interactive map at the Florida Health Justice Project website.  


Advocate's Guide to the Florida Medicaid Program Published

You can review the guide on the web at the Florida Health Justice Project's website or in our library if you're a member of the practice area.  The guide is 24-pages long and covers  everything the conscientious practitioner needs to know - including 128 legal citations.  The Guide was co-authored by leading experts Miriam Harmatz, co-director of Florida Health Justice Project, Margaret Kosyk of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc., and Jazmine-Janine Dykes, a third-year law student at the University of Miami School of Law.


The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) has compiled county snapshots with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Georgetown Center for Children and Families and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with local Medicaid expenditure figures provided to FPI by the state Agency on Health Care Administration.


Visit the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) website for national resources regarding health care reform efforts.



See the new Kaiser Family Foundation publication that provides helpful background information on Florida’s Medicaid program and the implications of reduced federal financing in a Medicaid block grant or per capita cap.