Florida KidCare

Lawmakers Could Eliminate Healthy Kids Cap

Nov 6, 2019

A Senate health-care panel on Tuesday agreed to eliminate a $1 million lifetime benefits cap for children enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program. 

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Florida’s children’s health insurance program will require tens of millions of dollars in extra state funding over the next several years, according to new estimates prepared by state economists.

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Protesters gathered in Orlando Monday to highlight Florida’s failure to expand Medicaid. The protest on I-Drive came as President Trump and Governor Rick Scott prepared speak in Orlando at the annual meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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The number of Medicaid patients in Florida could be decreasing like never before. Members of the state’s Social Services Estimating Conference on Wednesday agreed to revise downward overall Medicaid enrollment estimates for fiscal year 2018-2019 from 4.02 million people to 3.86 million people. 

Lawmakers Approve Post-Hurricane KidCare Aid

Mar 4, 2018

Despite an earlier assertion from a top Medicaid official that the state could be giving a “freebie,” lawmakers have agreed to fund Florida KidCare health-insurance premiums for more than 6,000 children living in 48 counties that were impacted by Hurricane Irma.

House Leaders Seek KidCare Waivers

Oct 22, 2017
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The list of those asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to waive insurance premium requirements for low-income families in 48 counties impacted by Hurricane Irma is growing.

House Passes Bill To Expand KidCare To Legal Immigrants

Mar 4, 2016

The Florida House on Thursday passed a long-debated proposal to help children of legal immigrants get health-insurance coverage through the state's KidCare program.

The state Legislature is on the verge of extending healthcare to thousands of Florida children.  Revisions to the KidCare program will cover children of legal immigrants.

House Speaker Backs KidCare For Legal Immigrants

Jan 13, 2016

To the surprise and delight of lawmakers who have long backed the proposal, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Tuesday called for eliminating a five-year waiting period for children of legal immigrants to be eligible for the state's KidCare health-insurance program.

Health care companies struggling to do business in Florida led the most talked-about news of 2015 here at Health News Florida.

Senate Panel Approves KidCare Expansion For Immigrants

Nov 19, 2015

Florida senators continued moving forward Wednesday with a bill that would help the children of legal immigrants get low-cost health insurance coverage through the state's KidCare program.

The families of more than 35,000 children enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program will soon have to choose between two more expensive plans, or find new insurance.

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Florida is faring poorly on economic factors that influence child poverty, but key health indicators -- from low-birthweight babies to child health insurance rates and teens who abuse drugs and alcohol –  have improved, according to the latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Thousands of Florida children will retain their health care coverage for at least another two years thanks to the passage of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act.

Health Plan for Legal Immigrant Kids Stalled

Mar 20, 2015

A bill that would extend low-cost KidCare health insurance to roughly 25,000 children of legal immigrants has gotten further in the Florida Senate than ever before, but remains stalled in the House.

The proposal (HB 829/SB 294) would eliminate a five-year waiting period for lawfully residing immigrants to qualify for KidCare, a subsidized insurance program that serves children from low- and moderate-income families.

Bill to Expand KidCare Clears Senate Panel

Mar 5, 2015

A bill that would extend health-care coverage to the children of legal immigrants received unanimous approval Wednesday from the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. 

The measure (SB 294) would eliminate a five-year waiting period for lawfully residing immigrants to be eligible for KidCare, Florida's subsidized health-insurance program for children. It would cover nearly 23,000 children.

Subcommittee Chairman Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah called the bill "long overdue."

'Telehealth' Compromise Moving Closer

Feb 18, 2015
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 Key senators said Tuesday they are moving closer to agreement with the House on a plan to bolster the use of telemedicine --- or, as lawmakers call it, "telehealth."

The Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a telemedicine bill (SB 478) that included changes intended to bring the Senate and House versions closer together.

KidCare Bill For Legal Immigrants Retried

Feb 18, 2015

  After lawmakers scuttled the idea last year, a Senate committee Tuesday backed a proposal to help immigrant children get health coverage in the KidCare program.

The Senate Health Policy Committee unanimously approved a bill (SB 294), sponsored by Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, that would eliminate a five-year waiting period for "lawfully residing" immigrant children to get health care through the subsidized insurance program. The bill would not apply to children who are undocumented immigrants.

Some people wanted the big bill of the 2014 legislative session to be Medicaid expansion, accepting federal funds to cover the low-income uninsured. Indeed, interfaith groups were still running phone banks and staging demonstrations up to Friday, the last day of the session.

But it was clear even before the 2014 Florida Legislature opened two months ago the measure would be ignored. Instead, lawmakers spent a lot of time debating ways to stretch the supply of primary-care providers as demand increases.

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Sen. Denise Grimsley wants to cap the so-called trauma-access fee that some trauma centers are adding to the regular charges for unsuspecting patients, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Miami lawmakers are proposing a bill that would eliminate the five-year waiting period before children of legal immigrants can enroll in Florida KidCare, the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports (paywall alert).

State Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, say changing the rule would allow about 26,000 low-income children to get health coverage subsidized by state and federal funds. 

Take Advantage of Low-Cost KidCare

Sep 26, 2013

With the approaching implementation of the Affordable Care Act, states across the country are addressing the need to provide access to quality health care. While changes are coming, it’s important to keep in mind that the State of Florida’s trusted child health insurance program, Florida KidCare, already puts high-quality, low-cost health insurance within the reach of every child.