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CFO Sink Appoints Rep. Ausley as Chair of Healthy Kids Board

8/14/2008

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Tara Klimek
850-413-2842
 
Ausley is a statewide champion for children’s issues
 
TALLAHASSEE – Calling upon one of the state’s leading children’s advocates, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today announced she has appointed State Representative Loranne Ausley to serve as the Chair of the Healthy Kids Board, effective after her fourth legislative term.
 
During her first 20 months in office, CFO Sink personally served as the Healthy Kids Board Chair, successfully navigating the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation through its first leadership change and identifying measures to streamline the program and make it easier for Florida’s families to purchase children’s health insurance.
 
“I’m proud today to appoint an accomplished public servant with a passion for improving the lives of Florida’s children,” said CFO Sink, who oversees the Department of Financial Services.  “With Loranne leading the Healthy Kids Board and helping improve the Healthy Kids program, Florida’s families have a strong advocate at their side.”
 
“What an honor to be able to serve the children of Florida in such a critical role as we work to ensure that all children in Florida have access to affordable health care,” said Rep. Ausley.  “The KidCare program is one of the best ways to ensure that hard working families can provide health insurance for their children.  As Chair, I will continue to work with the Board, the Legislature, advocates and partners to make the process easier for families, and to make sure that we are maximizing our draw down of federal dollars.” 
 
The Florida Healthy Kids program is a public-private partnership that allows Florida’s families to purchase health insurance for their children.  Florida Healthy Kids is a component of the larger Florida KidCare program, which serves nearly 1.4 million children. 
 
Approximately 250,000 children are enrolled in Florida Healthy Kids, and their coverage includes regular doctor visits, dental check-ups and immunizations.  For more information about enrollment in Florida KidCare, visit www.floridakidcare.org to apply on-line or call 1-888-540-5437 to receive an application by mail.
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.