https // : What does AHCA do in Florida?

https // : What does AHCA do in Florida?

The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration at was created by Chapter 20, Florida Statutes, as the chief health policy and planning entity for the state.

AHCA’s motto is “Better Health Care for All Floridians.” AHCA has wide-ranging responsibilities, including:

  • Managing the Florida Medicaid budget (which numbers in the billions of dollars)
  • Licensing and regulating over 48,000 health care facilities
  • Sharing health care data through the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis

Per their website, AHCA aims to: “reduce the number of uninsured across the state, to enhance our ability to target fraudulent providers, to reduce unnecessary regulation, and to reduce administrative costs in order to ensure that dollars go to serve patients and more.”

AHCA officials are appointed by Florida’s governor. In 2019, Gov Ron DeSantis tapped Mary Mayhew to lead AHCA. Prior to her appointment in Florida, Mayhew worked for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she oversaw Medicaid at the federal level.

The principal health care agency in Florida is the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA). There are 21.9 million people living in Florida (as of 2020), and AHCA is in charge of a lot of the state’s health care systems and trying to figure out how to make them better.


• Go to

• Select New User Registration

• After reading the authorization statement check the confirmation box and select continue.

• Complete information for Account Registration

• Select Register

• Once your user account is successfully created, select “Return to Login”

• Enter the User ID and Password created in the previous steps

• Select “Log In”

• From the drop down list select “Department of Children and Families” under Background Screening Clearinghouse.

• Select “Request Program Access”

• Under Role Select Provider from drop down list

• Click on Add Provider

• Select the “Provider Type” type in Family Child Care Home

• Start typing the “Provider Name” as it appears on your license and select it from the list when it appears. **Try just typing the first 3 letters of your first or last name**

• Select “Add Provider”

• Under Requested Provider review the information to ensure you have selected the correct provider and location.

• If correct, select “Submit Request and Generate User Agreement”

• The User Registration Agreement will appear (this agreement will have your OCA number on it)

• To open a printable copy of the agreement, select the link in the upper right corner

• Print and sign the user registration agreement

• Once you have printed the user registration agreement, select “Return to DCF Tasks Page”

• You must then sign the agreement in 2 places, then email the agreement with a colored copy of your driver’s license to the address on the agreement

• Once your agreement has been processed and approved, you will receive an email to the address on file.

• Once you have received your approval, you may now access the Clearinghouse to initiate a live scan screening.

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As the health policy and planning entity, AHCA is responsible for a wide range of healthcare-related services in the State of Florida. Among other things, AHCA does the following:

Administer Florida Medicaid.

Medicaid is a medical assistance program that helps thousands of low-income families, elderly people and people with disabilities receive medical services, medications and long-term care. In Florida, AHCA is responsible for administering Medicaid through the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program that was implemented in 2014. Most Florida Medicaid recipients are enrolled in the SMMC program, which has three components: the Long-Term Care (LTC) program, the Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) program, and the Dental program. On the SMMC website, patients can choose a health care plan, search for providers and find helpful resources.

Reimburse prescription drugs.

AHCA reimburses payment for prescription drugs under the Florida Medicaid covered services. AHCA covers most outpatient prescription drugs, some injectables, and some over-the-counter drugs with a valid prescription. You can see which prescription drugs are covered in the Florida Medicaid Preferred Drug List.

License and regulate health care facilities.

As part of its duties, AHCA licenses and regulates Florida health care facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and ambulatory surgery centers. All in all, AHCA certifies and regulates over 48,000 providers in the State of Florida. Licensed facilities must act in compliance with state and federal regulations and pass routine inspections to continue operating.


AHCA operates and maintains, a website that publishes provider information to help Floridians make informed health care decisions. Visitors can find patient rights information, provider and facility data, consumer guides, Medicare and Medicaid information, financial resources, and so much more.

How do I update my address to receive notifications from the Department?

  1. Log in to your MyACCESS Account
  2. Click the “Report My Changes” button
  3. Check the box for Address, Email, or Phone number changes
  4. Enter your information and follow prompts to finish and submit.

Where do I go to reapply for Medicaid?

  1. Log in to your MyACCESS Account
  2. If you are within two calendar months of renewal, click the “Apply for Additional Benefits” button
  3. If you are NOT within two calendar months of renewal, click “Renew My Benefits” button
  4. The benefits that can be renewed will be listed
  5. Check the box for the appropriate Medical Assistance you would like to apply for
  6. Enter your information and follow prompts to finish and submit