GALLAGHER: DESIGNATE APRIL 4th AS HEALTHY KIDS DAY
Tom Gallagher, Florida’s chief financial officer, will present a resolution to the Governor and Cabinet designating April 4 as Healthy Kids Day in Florida. The resolution recognizes Florida Healthy Kids, a non-profit, public-private partnership that provides quality, affordable health insurance coverage to uninsured school-aged children in Florida.
Gallagher, who helped establish Healthy Kids in 1992 as a pilot project in Volusia County, said that more than one million children statewide have been served to date.
“For many working families, the greatest need they have is health insurance coverage for their children,” said Gallagher, who serves on the Cabinet. “Healthy Kids has helped meet that need and ensured the care and well-being of more than one million school-aged children in Florida.”
To qualify for the Healthy Kids program, children must be between the ages of five and 18, not currently enrolled in any other health insurance program and not eligible for Medicaid. A major focus of the program is preventive health and dental care services, including regular check-ups, immunizations, X-rays, emergency care, hearing and vision screening, surgery and hospital care.
Most families pay $15 or $20 per month. And some services have small co-payments, for example, $5 for prescriptions or $10 for eyeglasses. All coverage is provided through reputable and well-established providers.
Current statewide enrollment is approximately 212,000. Florida Healthy Kids is currently promoting the program through television and radio commercials. Data from a recent study by the University of Florida indicates that another 143,000 children in Florida are potentially eligible for the program.
The application process is easy and can be submitted at any time of the year. For an application or more information, contact Healthy Kids toll free at 1-888-540-KIDS (1-888-540-5437). You may also visit the Web site at www.healthykids.org.
Gallagher said since its inception, Healthy Kids has become a model for other states and has been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and honored with the Harvard University Innovations in American Government Award.