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Kid Care Recipients in Hurricane Limbo

October 9th, 2017 by Mike Vasilinda

Florida KidCare health insurance covers some 160,000 children aged five to eighteen. The cost to most families, depending on their income, is fifteen to twenty dollars a month. Because of Hurricane Irma, the state extended the families deadline from the beginning of October to the end of the month, But Advocate Karen Woodall and others are asking the state to do the same thing it did for concealed carry permit holders: waive the health care fees for October and November.

“So the concern is that people are struggling financial and that the assistance that’s provided needs to have two things in mind. One, helping them financially, and two, making sure that their children don’t have a gap in coverage and a loss of their coverage” says Woodall.

The state did waive the fee for a lost concealed weapons permit and security guard licenses through the end of November. Governor Jeb Bush also waived the heath care premiums for Kid Care following four storms in 2005.

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