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Statement from CFO Sink Encouraging Legislature to Resolve Impasse on Kidcare

5/2/2007

CONTACT:  
Tara Klimek or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842 

TALLAHASSEE— With less than three days remaining in the Legislature and no agreement on legislation that would improve the KidCare program, Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today urged the House and Senate to resolve the current stalemate, which threatens to undermine the work of Florida’s Congressional Delegation in reauthorizing federal funding for the program.
 
After working Wednesday with children’s advocates and other interested parties to identify common ground, CFO Sink appealed to the Legislature to pass legislation that would simplify the program and make it easier for families to purchase affordable health insurance for their children.
 
In addition, CFO Sink offered the following statement:
“As Chief Financial Officer and Chair of the Healthy Kids Board, I am committed to working with the Legislature to streamline the application process and make it easier for families to participate.  I urge the House and Senate to not give up on the chance that we can pass legislation this week that will help more children get access to health care.
 
“There are several good ideas about how to reform the program, but we cannot lose sight of our overall goal to put the needs of Florida’s families first.  The cost of doing nothing — more unfunded emergency room care and sick children that cannot learn — is too high.  We simply cannot doom Florida’s children to another year trapped in the spaghetti factory that is the current KidCare program.”
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.