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CFO Sink Applauds Signing of Kidcare Reforms

6/2/2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2009                  
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, (850) 413-2842
 
CFO SINK APPLAUDS SIGNING OF KIDCARE REFORMS
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today commended Governor Charlie Crist for signing legislation to simplify and streamline Florida’s KidCare program (SB 918/HB 1329), making health care more accessible for Florida’s children.  CFO Sink attended the Governor’s ceremonial bill signing and spoke about the need to insure as many Florida kids as possible.  Video of CFO Sink’s remarks can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN_e3c0xCDI
 
“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 Florida Legislature and the Governor for finally removing the unnecessary barriers that made it difficult for Florida’s kids to be enrolled and stay enrolled in Healthy Kids.”
 
CFO Sink, who chaired the Healthy Kids Board during her first 20 months in office, supported the legislation sponsored by Senator Nan Rich and Representative Jimmy Patronis, and has pushed for these reforms for three legislative sessions.  This new law will remove administrative barriers to the program and make changes to expedite enrollment with no additional funding required, expanding program eligibility to 50,000 children according to Governor Crist.
 
“These reforms will not only remove unnecessary barriers that are making it harder for Florida’s children to have health care, they 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, and these important reforms take our state one step further in that effort.”
 
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.