Summary of 2020 Change to Prioritization and Notice of Wait List for Individuals Applying for Florida’s Long-Term Care Waiver
Prior to 2020, all individuals who completed the screening process were entitled to written notice from the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) informing the individual of their waitlist placement. The notice was also required by rule to include all of the following in addition to the priority rank:
In 2020, the Florida Legislature amended section 409.979 of the Florida Statutes in an effort to avoid placing individuals with a “low priority score” on the waitlist. The amendment language stated that the DOEA mandated notice be sent upon completion of screening or rescreening, “unless the individual has a low priority score.” (emphasis added.)
The Legislature specified that individuals with a “low score” would, instead, be informed by Aging resource personnel of community resources available to assist them and that they may request a new assessment at any time if they experience a change in circumstances.
Suggested Next Steps for Individuals Who Do NOT Get a Notice After Screening:
Contact the Florida Health Justice Stories Project, local Aging Resource and Development Center (ADRC), or local legal services program.
 Fla. Admin. Code Rule 59G-4.193(3)(d).
 Fla. Admin. Code Rule 59G-4.193(3)(d)3. Pursuant to the administrative rule, instructions for requesting a hearing should conform with the Federal Medicaid regulation at 42 CFR 431.200 Subpart E governing fair hearings for applicants and recipients.
Prior to the date of this summary publication, July 13, 2020, advocates reported to the authors of the Advocate’s Guide to the Florida Long-Term Care Medicaid Waiver, that efforts to request a hearing, whether to AHCA (hearings or appeal), Department of Children and Families, or Department of Elder Affairs, have been unsuccessful. The authors have on file a Motion to Dismiss a fair hearing filed on behalf of an applicant for the LTC Waiver challenging his priority score ranking. The hearing was filed against the Medicaid Agency and the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA). The Motion to Dismiss, filed by DOEA, argued that 42 CFR 431.200 does not apply with regard to challenge of a priority score. (Motion and other materials in this case are on file with Florida Health Justice Project).
 Ch. 2020-46, §1, Laws of Fla. (amending Fla. Stat. § 409.979 (2019)).