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27,000 Families Dropped From Florida Kid Care

November 6th, 2008 by flanews

As many as 27,000 kids may have been wrongfully dropped from a program offering low cost insurance to Florida Families. Computer problems may to blame for axing the Florida Kid Care policyholders. As Whitney Ray tells us, an emergency order is in effect to keep more kids from being dropped.

Some families paid health insurance premiums for their children but got no coverage. Computer glitches wrongfully dropped as many as 27,000 families from the Florida Kid Care program. Child Advocates fear those families wont get the medical attention they need.

We can only hope that it hasnt caused major, major stress to families, said child advocate Karen Woodall.

In May, the state hired a new administrator to take over the program and changed the Kid Care computer system. With a new chairwoman in place the Florida Healthy Kids Board is trying fix the problem.

It is unacceptable for any children to be falling out of this program. Our mission is to reach more children. The corporation is going to do whatever it takes to make sure children stay in the program and get the health insurance that they need, said new Chairwoman Loranne Ausley.

The problem got so bad that the board issued a moratorium to keep more kids from being dropped.

The Florida Healthy Kids Board will send letters to the families who were wrongfully dropped from the program, telling them how to re-enroll.

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