Earlier this year, and following 2011 state legislation which laid the groundwork for Statewide Medicaid Managed Care in Florida, the federal government granted conditional approval to allow the state to move most Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.  Long-term care patients will be transitioned into managed care first, with Medicaid long-term care patients in Orange, Brevard, Osceola, and Seminole County receiving their services through managed care plans beginning in August of this year.   As of May 20, phone counselors are available to assist long term care recipients in these counties in selecting health plans.  Additional information on Statewide Medicaid Managed Care is available at: http://www.flmedicaidmanagedcare.com/.