Florida has a large and growing adult population. The State as a whole has a population approaching 20 million, and people over 60 make up nearly 23 percent of that population.

By 2020, the State is expected to have a population of more then 23.5 million, and people over 60 will make up over 28 percent of that population.

Florida's Medicaid Long-Term Care program will play a large role in how we handle these trends. Currently, Florida Medicaid covers about 61% of all nursing home days. That number will only grow in the future. 

Unfortunately, this critically important program is also incredibly confusing. In this video series, Florida Voices for Health's Aging & Disability Consumer Advocate, Kelly Wilson, will begin to explain Florida's LTC program, what it means for Floridians, and the challenges faced by the program.


A native Floridian, Kelly has worked in the health and senior care industry since 1983. In 2000 after becoming a FL DOEA core trained assisted living administrator, she owned and operated a residential style ALF for 7 years.


Closely working with residents and families, many through end of life, she learned about the challenges they face navigating and accessing the LTC – long term care system. Kelly has since become a passionate advocate, a board member of the Partnership for Aging of Palm Beach since 2010, she joined the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Palm Beach & the Treasure Coast as an advisory council member in 2011.


Currently Past Chair, she remains a member of the consumer care & planning committee and has served as the Advocacy Chair since 2013. Kelly also served on the board of FALA, the Florida Assisted Living Association for 4 years and in 2017 was appointed by the Governor to the Department of Elder Affairs Advisory Board representing Region 9. In 2017 she officially joined Florida Voices for Health to guide advocacy efforts related to aging issues.

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