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CFO Sink Urges Support of Kidcare Legislation

4/30/2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2009    
CONTACT:  Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate
                 (850) 413-2842 
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today commended the Senate’s passage and urged the House’s support of legislation to simplify and streamline Florida’s KidCare program (SB 918/HB 1329), making health care more accessible for Florida’s children.
 
“In these tough times, we should make it as easy as possible for Florida’s families to get their children the heath care they need,” said CFO Sink.  “I commend the Senate for removing these unnecessary barriers that made it difficult for Florida’s kids to be enrolled and stay enrolled in Healthy Kids, and urge the House to pass this important legislation.”
 
CFO Sink, who chaired the Healthy Kids Board during her first 20 months in office, supports the legislation sponsored by Senator Nan Rich and Representative Jimmy Patronis that removes administrative barriers to the program and makes changes to expedite enrollment.  She noted that no additional funding would be required to remove the administrative barriers in KidCare, since the children coming into the program can be covered within the existing funds appropriated.  CFO Sink also encouraged these changes in order to maximize Florida’s share of the federal funding available for State Children Health Insurance Programs like KidCare.
 
“These reforms will not only remove unnecessary barriers that are making it harder for Florida’s children to have health care, but they will allow Florida to get more of our fair share of federal funding available for children’s health insurance programs,” CFO Sink continued.  “All of Florida’s children deserve health care, which is why I hope that the Florida Legislature will pass this important bill.”
 
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 one of four components of the larger Florida KidCare program.  Florida Healthy Kids 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.