Florida Medicaid’s PAC Waiver Changes

The 2017 Legislature amended the law to allow individuals who are diagnosed with AIDS to obtain and maintain Medicaid coverage without the need for enrollment in the PAC Waiver. This transition is anticipated to occur on January 1, 2018. In order to qualify, an individual must meet the criteria currently used for the PAC Waiver:

Most recipients enrolled in the PAC Waiver currently receive their medical, prescribed drugs, and acute care services from a Statewide Medicaid Managed Care - Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) health plan. There will be no change in how these individuals receive MMA services unless they choose to change plans. With the advances that have been made over the last decade in the treatment of HIV and AIDS, the majority of the people on the PAC Waiver do not use or need the home and community-based services offered through the waiver. As such, the recipients in the PAC Waiver who are only receiving case management services and do not need home and community-based services in order to safely remain in the community, will be dis-enrolled from the PAC Waiver, but will keep their Medicaid coverage. This means there will be no loss in services – they can continue to have access to their medications, see their doctors, and will receive case management from their current MMA plan.

The recipients in the PAC Waiver who have been receiving more than case management services through the PAC Waiver and who continue to need home and community-based services in order to live safely in the community will transition into the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-term Care (LTC) program for their home and community-based service needs. These recipients will continue to maintain Medicaid eligibility and have access to their prescribed drugs and doctors through their current MMA plan. They will also continue to receive home and community-based services, which will be provided through an LTC plan. The Agency will provide these individuals with an opportunity to choose an LTC plan that can best meet their needs. The LTC program offers a more robust benefit package than the PAC Waiver, including enhanced case management standards and expanded benefits. The LTC program also offers recipients an opportunity to receive care/services through a program with enhanced quality outcome measures.

The Agency will use a number of different methods to maintain open lines of communication throughout the transition. We have already begun to reach out to recipients by telephone to ensure they understand what this transition means for them. We are also talking with PAC case management agencies and other stakeholder groups. The Agency is hosting monthly web-based meetings for interested stakeholders (PAC providers, recipients, etc.) to share information on the transition efforts.

Webinar Dates

Date Time
July 26, 2017 10:00 – 10:50 am, ET
August 15, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET
September 19, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET
October 17, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET
November 14, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET
December 12, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET

To register for these webinars, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5247044693779038210.

The Agency has begun reaching out to individuals enrolled in the PAC Waiver personally. Individuals may also contact the Agency at 1-877-254-1055 if they have additional questions.