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  • State of the State 1, March3, 2015
    Governor Rick Scott painted a picture of an improving economy during the annual State of the State address to open the legislative session, but Democrats and others say Scott is wearing rose colored glasses. Governor Rick Scott entered the legislative chamber to modest applause that subsided before he reached the speakers platform. Once there he […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Testing Troubles: Day 2 1, March3, 2015
    There was no smooth roll out of Florida’s new computer based testing this week. As Matt Galka tells us, lawmakers will have their hands full figuring out how to remedy the situation over the next two months.   More than half of Florida’s school districts reported some sort of problem with the new computer based […]
    Matt Galka
  • Food Deserts 1, March2, 2015
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    Mike Vasilinda
  • Fight over Charlotte’s Web Continues 1, March2, 2015
    Lobbyists, parents, and medical professionals packed a hearing at the State Department of Health to speak on proposed rules for the growing of low thc marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web. January first was a legislative deadline for having the rule ready, but challenges continue to delay the medicine. Bridget Bateman came to speak up for […]
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  • First Day of Test Spells Trouble, Perhaps for Test 1, March2, 2015
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  • NAACP Says No To Confederates 1, February27, 2015
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    Matt Galka
  • Solar Wars 1, February26, 2015
    A dust up between solar advocates and a state Senator is erupting on the eve of the annual legislative session. The fight is a window into the often unintended consequences in state politics. At the center is legislation that would allow greater use of solar resources, but advocates worry utilities could end up being the […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Ray Sansom Gets Day in Court 1, February26, 2015
    Former House Speaker Ray Sansom of Destin spent the day in a Tallahassee courtroom. He and his lawyer are arguing they deserve more than 817 thousand dollars in legal fees stemming from criminal charges later dropped that alleged Samson misrepresented a six million dollar item in the state budget when he was appropriations chairman. The […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Housing Funds Getting Slashed Because of Amendment 1? 1, February26, 2015
    Affordable housing funds could be taking a hit this year, and as Matt Galka tells us, it could be because of environmental amendment 1. But both sides say that isn’t fair. Theo Anderson was down on his luck, inured, and living with two children in a run down home before state housing assistance helped him […]
    Matt Galka
  • Test Anxiety Take Two 1, February26, 2015
    Despite complaints from School Superintendents, teachers and parents, the state says new statewide testing that begins Monday will count toward school grades and teacher evaluations. This is not the first time testing changes have been an issue. The Florida Student Assessment test replaces the FCAT this year. Some testing begins as early as Monday. And […]
    Mike Vasilinda

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State to Help More Uninsured Kids

June 2nd, 2009 by Anna Laura Rehwinkel

An estimated 50,000 uninsured kids will receive medical coverage from legislation the governor signed today. The legislation shortens the waiting time to enroll in the states Kid Care program and lessens the penalties for missing a premium payment. As Whitney Ray tells us, child advocates call the legislation a good start, but say more needs to be done.

Karen Carter is a single mother who depends of Kid Care to keep her two children healthy.

Health care is something very important to have. You dont know when sickness will strike. You dont know what can happen, especially when you have children, said Karen.

The Kid Care program offers low cost insurance to children up to ages 19. But penalties and a lengthy application process have kept thousand of families out.

Governor Charlie Crist signed legislation shortening the waiting period for eligible families who voluntarily cancelled their private insurance to sign up for Kid Care. It also reduced the waiting period to reenroll after a family misses a payment.

It can expand the eligibility to almost 50,000 additional children in the state of Florida. Its incredible, said Crist.

Childrens Advocates have been pushing the legislation for three years. Karen Woodall wanted restriction loosened to let in even more families and pregnant women.

This legislation didnt do any of that, but it was critical that we removed the barriers before we expand eligibility, because if you are losing kids out the back door its false advertisement, said Woodall.

And a lack of advertisement has been one of the major problems facing the program. 1.5 million kids are enrolled in Kid Care, but theres little money available to spread the word.

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