Volume 5 Number 3
January 18, 2008

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CFO Alex Sink and State Representative Bill Galvano held a press conference Monday in Bradenton to promote Florida KidCare and the Healthy Kids program.

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.