Florida Long-Term Care

Important State Information

Federal Partnership Program

Florida participates in the federal/state Long-Term Care Partnership Program authorized by the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA). Florida’s Long-Term Care Partnership Program is a partnership program between Medicaid and private long-term care insurers designed to encourage individuals to purchase private long-term care insurance.  Long-Term Care Partnership policies must be tax-qualified (a portion of premiums paid may be claimed as a tax deduction) under federal law; provide policyholders with inflation protection; and most importantly, provide dollar-for-dollar asset protection in the event the policyholder needs to apply for long-term care Medicaid assistance. For every dollar that a partnership policy pays out in benefits, a dollar of assets can be protected from Medicaid spend-down requirements.

The intent of the plan is to encourage people to make better plans for their future long-term care needs. A plan must meet state and federal requirements to be considered a partnership plan.

Policy Example

For example, if your partnership policy pays $300,000 in benefits the state will disregard an equal amount in the spend-down requirement for Medicaid. This would allow you to qualify for Medicaid long-term care benefits while retaining more of your assets than what Medicaid would typically allow. The state will not attempt to recover any money from the estate equal to the amount of benefits protected under your partnership long-term care policy.

Reciprocity

Most states have reciprocity with other states' long-term-care partnership programs including Florida. This means if you move from or to Florida your partnership asset protection follows you as well.

Medicaid

Long-Term Care Medicaid spend down is $2,000. A spouse’s minimum asset allowance is $126,420. Your spouse’s minimum monthly income allowance is $2,057.50. *

For more information about the Medicaid program visit www.medicaid.gov

Rate Stability Rules

In addition, Florida consumers enjoy additional peace-of-mind as the state has adopted Long-Term Care Insurance Rate Stability Rules.  These rules, developed the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, makes it much harder for an insurance company to get an approved rate increase.

Products Approved in Florida

A variety of products are approved in Florida for Long-Term Care planning. These include traditional plans including partnership certified policies and asset-based “hybrid” plans.

Tax Incentives

There are no current state tax incentives available as there is no state income tax; federal tax incentives do apply.

*The federal government sets a new minimum and maximum amounts each year, but states can set their own minimum requirements at any level between the federal limits. This information is based on the best available sources.

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State Breakdown
State Partnership Program
State Tax Incentives
Federal Tax Incentives
Rate Stability Rules
Medicaid Spend Down $2,000
Minimum Asset Allowance $126,420
Minimum Monthly Income Allowance $2,057.50
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Calculate the Cost of Care in Florida

View the costs of Long-Term Care in your area. Use the slider below to view future costs of care services with inflation.

Florida Median
Long-Term Care 2019 2034(+16 Years) 2019 2034(+16 Years)
Homemaker Services $47,015 $73,248(+$27,602) $48,311 $75,267(+$28,363)
Home Health Aide $48,311 $75,267(+$28,363) $54,203 $84,446(+$31,822)
Adult Day Care $18,077 $28,163(+$10,613) $19,416 $30,249(+$11,399)
Assisted Living Facility $43,260 $67,398(+$25,398) $49,440 $77,026(+$29,026)
Semi-Private Room $100,755 $156,972(+$59,152) $102,634 $159,901(+$60,256)
Private Room $112,033 $174,544(+$65,774) $109,777 $171,030(+$64,450)

Long-Term Care Throughout Florida

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach

Miami–Fort Lauderdale–West Palm Beach metro area is the largest in the state and the seventh largest in the country. The average skilled nursing facility cost runs $9,885 a month. Assisted Living averages $3,350 a month. Adult Day Care Centers average $1,408 a month. Care at home, based on a 44-hour week, averages $3,482 a month.

Tampa Bay is the second largest metro area in Florida. The average cost of a nursing home in Tampa runs $9,642 a month. Assisted Living facilities are averaging $3,250 a month. Adult Day Care Centers average $1,907 a month. The 44-hour week home care average is $4,096 a month. 

More Locations

Major population centers in Florida include Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Cape Coral, Clearwater, Coral Springs, Daytona Beach, Davie , Deerfield Beach, Deltona, Fort Myers, Hialeah, Hollywood, Jacksonville, Jupiter, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Largo, Melbourne, Miami Gardens, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Bay, Pembroke Pines, Pensacola, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Sunrise, Tallahassee (the state capital), and West Palm Beach. Many other communities throughout Florida attract both tourists and residents.

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