One third of Floridians with Medicaid chose own plan

August 20, 2014

Health News Florida reports that only about one-third of Florida's Medicaid recipients transitioning into managed care statewide chose their own health insurance plans. Consumers received a letter in the mail two months before enrollment and were given at least 30 days to choose an insurance plan. Those who did not choose a plan were automatically enrolled into a plan by state health officials. State health officials said 34% of Medicaid recipients chose their plan while 66% were assigned one, but nearly half of the 66% who were automatically enrolled were assigned to a plan they had a prior relationship with. About 3 million Floridians are on Medicaid, more than half of whom are children.