CFO SINK CONVENES HEALTHY KIDS BOARD MEETING
Board discusses administrative changes, reviews 2007 Florida children
health insurance study
In an ongoing effort to increase access for affordable healthcare for
Florida’s children, Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, also Chair of
the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, will convene Thursday’s meeting of the
Florida Healthy Kids Board.
At the meeting, the board discussed ways to enact administrative changes
presented by the Health Kids Ad Hoc Committee. In July, CFO Sink appointed
the committee to develop administrative suggestions to enroll more children
in the Healthy Kids program, in the absence of legislative action.
Additionally, the board was presented with the results of the Florida
Children’s Health Insurance survey which they commissioned to exam the
number of uninsured children in Florida.
The Florida Healthy Kids program is one of four components of the larger
Florida KidCare program, the state’s health insurance program for uninsured
children. The Florida KidCare program serves nearly 1.4 million children, of
which 1.1 million are Medicaid customers and more than 255,000 are enrolled
in MediKids, Children’s Medical Services or Healthy Kids. Florida Healthy
Kids allows working families the opportunity to purchase low-cost health
insurance for their children ages 5 through 19. To be eligible for
discounted premiums, families must earn less than 200 percent of the federal
poverty level, or $40,000 for a family of four. Children enrolled in these
programs receive regular doctor visits, dental check-ups and immunizations
at little to no cost.
Recently, CFO Sink announced enrollment numbers from the ongoing Florida
KidCare community campaign to reach families with uninsured children. During
the month of October, 17,497 more children were enrolled in Florida KidCare,
following the record-setting receipt of more than 38,000 applications in
August and more than 39,000 applications in September.