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Florida Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Florida.

 

Disability Insurance

Federal Disability Insurance (SSDI & SSI)
Social Security Administration
800.772.1213

Find your local SSA office

More Disability Resources

Consumer Rights

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243

State Fair Employment Agency
Florida Commission On Human Relations
850.488.7082

Vocational Rehabilitation
Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
850.245.3399

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Quick Guide to Health Insurance Marketplaces

Florida Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
HealthChoices Florida
800.396.5990

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
850.413.3140

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Florida KidCare
888.540.5437

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration

COBRA-Florida
Florida Department of Financial Services
877.693.5236

Florida Health Insurance Premium Payment Program (FLHIPP)
678.564.1162 (Press 1)

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
Medicaid Home Health Services
888.419.3456

Florida In-Home Support Services

State Medicaid Program for In-Home Care
SMMC LTC

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Florida KidCare
888.540.5437

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicare

Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Florida SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
800.963.5337

More Health Insurance Resources

Health Care Programs & Laws

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Sharing Medical Information with Family & Friends

Hill Burton Federally-Funded Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Community Clinics

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP)

Transportation

Local transit systems may provide free or discounted rates for low-income individuals and families. Some cities also offer bus passes, vouchers for taxi or ride-sharing services, or shuttle services for patients traveling to cancer treatments.

Dial 211 for assistance.

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
850.245.7105

Agency: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. The main website for assistance with claims is here. Initial filings can be made here. Weekly claims for benefits can be made here. Frequently asked questions can be found here. Claimants with difficulty using the online system can file by phone: 1.833.352.7759. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own, so you must not have quit for personal reasons or been terminated for misconduct. Claimants who are partially employed may apply if an employer cut the claimant’s hours against the claimant’s will.

Updates related to Florida Reemployment Benefits and Covid-19

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

Florida Clinical Trial Compact

This is not a law, but it is an agreement between private insurance providers and only applies to providers who have signed onto the compact and voluntarily agreed to cover routine costs of patient care for those in clinical trials. As of 2010, these providers include Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida, AvMed Health Plans, Vista Healthplan, Aetna, CIGNA, and UnitedHealth Group Florida.

Phase II, Phase III, or Phase IV clinical trials are covered for cancer if the in-network physician recommends participation in the cancer clinical trial.

To be covered, the clinical trial must either involve a drug that is exempt under federal regulations from a new drug application or must be a trial that is approved by (1) A cooperative group or one of the National Institutes of Health; (2) U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the form of an investigational new drug application; (3) U.S. Department of Defense; (4) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; (5) National Cancer Institute; or (6) An accredited institutional review board of any accredited school of medicine, nursing, or pharmacy or licensed children’s specialty hospital in Florida.

The Clinical Trial Compact covers “Routine patient care costs,” which means the costs of health care services, including drugs, items, devices, and services that would be covered under the patient’s health plan if they were provided outside of a cancer clinical trial.

(Last updated 8/2022)