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Half a Million Florida Kids Are Living Without Health Insurance

July 28th, 2008 by flanews

A low cost health care service for kids has been expanded to every uninsured child in the state, but half a million Florida kids remain uninsured. As Whitney Ray tells us, state leaders want to get the word out so every kid is covered.

Hear it Here: Half a Million Florida Kids Are Living Without Health Insurance

For years Gena Grant worried about her kids health. She didnt have insurance and her son Timothy was suffering.

When my son was diagnosed with ADHA I was really lost about what to do, said Grant.

Gena turned to KidCare, a public-private health care provider offering low-cost coverage to Floridas youth. The average cost to families is about 20 dollars a month. The price was right for Gena, and now eight year old Timothy is excelling.

Timothy now is on the proper medication dosage and hes excelling. He does excellent in work, in school, Grant said.

About 1.5 million Floridians are enrolled in KidCare. Still about 500,000 kids remain uncovered. Lauren Baas was living without coverage for months.

I was scared. I hated going to my mom and saying I dont feel good, said Baas.

Laurens mom enrolled her in the program. Shell be able use KidCare until she turns 19. Lauren is just one of 70,000 people who were added to the program last year. Chief Financial Office Alex Sink said hard economic times caused the surge.

With hard economic times here, more families are qualifying for Medicaid eligibility. Also more families will be qualifying for discounted prices offered at Florida Healthy Kids, Sink said.

Health officials in all 67 counties will be hosting events this weekend to enroll people in KidCare before school starts. The KidCare program is now being offered to every uninsured kid in the state. To sign up for KidCare you can go to their website www.floridakidcare.org.

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