Welcome to

Capitol News Service

Florida's Best Political Television Coverage

Recent Posts

Capitol News Service Channel

Oops, something went wrong.

RSS Capitol News LIVE

  • Murder Suspect in FSU Professor Slaying In Court 1, June24, 2016
    One of the prime suspects in a possible murder for hire plot of a beloved Florida State Professor was in court Friday morning. As Matt Galka tells us, the suspect’s attorney says the state has no hard evidence and his client should be a free man. Sigfredo Garcia was led into his bond hearing Friday […]
    Matt Galka
  • Bear Hunt Postponed 1, June23, 2016
    For many, another bear hunt seemed like a done deal this year, but an all day meeting made way for a postponement to the controversial black bear season. As Matt Galka tells us, anti-hunt groups are claiming partial victory. More than 100 people gave an earful about Florida’s bear hunt Wednesday. After eight hours of […]
    Matt Galka
  • FWC Debates Future of Bear Hunt 1, June22, 2016
    Will bears be hunted again this year after a controversial 2015 bear season sparked public outcry? As Matt Galka tells us, there’s still plenty of opposition, but fish and wildlife officials are recommending another *scaled back* hunt Hunter Bill George travelled all the way from Zephyr Hills up to Eastpoint, FL, A small panhandle town […]
    Matt Galka
  • Confederate General to Get the Boot 1, June22, 2016
    The statute of a Confederate General representing Florida in the Nations capitol could soon be replaced. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, a special committee today narrowed a list of 130 possible replacements down to three. General Edmund Kirby Smiths statute has represented Florida in the nation’s Capitol since 1922. This year, lawmakers decided that honoring […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Congressional Candidate Creates Firestorm with Firearm Give Away 1, June22, 2016
    A congressional candidate in Florida’s Panhandle plans to give away an AR-15 rifle on July Fourth, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us, what may seem insensitive in some parts of Florida is being greeted with enthusasim in the small town of Baker. Florida doesn’t get more rural than Baker, Population about three hundred give or […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Officials Consider Another Bear Hunt 1, June21, 2016
    Last year’s bear hunt in the state was supposed to be a week long but ended in only two days after thousands of hunters descended into Florida woods. As Matt Galka tells us, state officials will start planning this week for another possible hunt even though critics aren’t changing their stance. American Sportsman Taxidermy is […]
    Matt Galka
  • Gun Law Goes to Federal Appeals Court Tuesday 1, June20, 2016
    Doctors have been fighting a Florida gun law for five years that controls what they can and can’t say to patients about guns. As Matt Galka tells us, they’re hoping a federal court soon sees things their way. Dr. Louis St. Petery thinks he, and all doctors, should be able to ask their patients about […]
    Matt Galka
  • Off to the Races; Candidate Qualifying Begins 1, June20, 2016
      Today is the official beginning of what many are calling the most chaotic election cycle in recent history.  As Mike Vasilinda tells us, this is the week for would be candidates to put up or shut up. One candidate you’ve probably never heard of parked semi trucks outside the office where candidate qualify. “So […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Gun Sales Surge 1, June20, 2016
    New records from the Department of Law enforcement show that twice as many people applied for a background check to buy a firearm this past Saturday as they did the same Saturday in 2017, and the records show the number of background checks was three times as high as it was for the same Saturday […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Orlando Shooter’s Corrections History 1, June17, 2016
    Omar Mateen’s short lived career with the Department of Corrections ended in six months. As Matt Galka tells us, we may never know why the Orlando shooter was fired.   Records released by the Florida Department of Corrections show Mateen was hired in 2006 as  a probationary officer. An evaluation seemed to show that he was […]
    Matt Galka

RSS Quote of the Day

Categories

Archives

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.

Posted in Charlie Crist, Children, Health, Insurance, State News | No Comments »

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

copyright © 2013 by Capitol News Service | Powered by Wordpress | Hosted by LyonsHost.com