Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

Firm’s workshops explain new Medicaid program

The Karp Law Firm brought together administrators from Florida’s new Medicaid managed care program, representatives from participating managed care companies, and the health care community from Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties for three informational breakfasts in August.

The events familiarized those who work with the elderly with the new program. Over 150 case managers, social workers, and health care professionals were in attendance. This was the first time program representatives and the four local state-approved managed care companies participated in a group forum. Florida’s new managed care Medicaid program is scheduled to roll out Sept. 1. Read our law firm advisory about the new program here. 

The Karp Law Firm organized and coordinated the three breakfasts, graciously hosted by our community-minded partners:

  • The Brennity in Port. St. Lucie (Thank you, Debbie North & staff)
  • Allegro Senior Living Community in Jupiter (Thank you, Regina Natoli-Sanchez & staff)
  • Arden Courts Memory Care Community, Delray Beach (Thank you, Marcia Teele & staff)


Guest speakers who explained the program and answered guests’ numerous questions included:

  • Kim Clawson, Director of Elder Helpline, Area Agency on Aging/Your Aging Resource Center
  • Nancy Partin, Program Operations Administrator, Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES), Region 9A,  Department of Elder Affairs
  • Sunshine State Health Plan: Amarilis Fernandez, Kathleen Rupp
  • United Health Care: Tulin Rivera, Ronel Antelo
  • Coventry Health Care: Rick Mabe, Hylan Bryan, MarieAngeli Cataluno, Daphne Terrill, Samantha Goehri
  • American Eldercare: Kim Nelson, Marianne E. Hall


Kim Clawson

Kim Clawson


L-R: Nancy Partin, Kim Clawson, Ronel Antelo, Mariangeli Cataluno, Marianne Hall


Mariangeli Cataluno and Daphne Terrill

Answering questions from the group are, L-R: Nancy Partin, Kim Clawson, Ronel Antelo, Mariangeli Cataluno, Marianne Hall, Attorney Karp, Samantha Goehri, Kathleen Rupp 


Nancy Partin


Regina Natoli-Sanchez of Allegro Senior Living and Attorney Karp welcome guests