In the State of Florida, low-income individuals are provided food, Medicaid and cash assistance through their ACCESS Florida program. Families and individuals who meet certain low income requirements may also be able to receive Food Stamps or get other forms of Food Assistance. Medicaid is generally kept within strict requirements, but individuals who qualify are generally low income people who are elderly, disabled, pregnant or a child.
Curious about applying? check your qualifications by viewing the requirements listed on the website. If you feel you do, apply for the services you require online. The website also has a helpful FAQ section for individuals with questions. Of course, you can always contact the State itself as well.
How to Access Your State’s Benefits
What You Need:
- You must have a valid social security number of your own.
- You need a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone with internet access.
- The application will require information regarding you and your household (e.g. your social security number, income, asset data, housing costs, information about your health insurance if you have it, proof of your citizenship and driver’s license or ID ).
- Proof of Immigration status for those who may be an immigrant.
To Check that You Are Eligible First:
- Go to the official website: www.myflorida.com/accessflorida and click the “Prescreening” button.
- Answer the questions asked and submit the form. Your response will let you know whether you qualify or not.
Accessing Your Benefits
- Visit: accessflorida click on the link provided.
- Make sure you read and understand all the directions given before clicking “Continue” to begin the application.
- On the next screen, select “Apply for Benefits.”
- At the following page, you will be prompted to select the programs you would like to apply for: Food Stamps, Cash Assistance, Medicaid, HSBC, Waiver or Nursing Home Medicaid Coverage.
- After you have done that, provide all the personal information asked of you and then submit it.
- If your online application makes it appear as though you qualify, you will get an interview, most likely by phone in order to go over some of the information you provided.
- For Food Assistance, a response should be forthcoming within thirty days. Medicaid and Cash Assistance responses should still only take forty five days at most.