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More Mental-Health Treatment Sought For Children

May 24, 2019

Florida has an estimated 400,000 children who need behavioral-health services, but 55 percent of them don’t get any treatment, members of a health-care panel were told Thursday. 

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Funding within this year’s budget could help thousands of children get health insurance.

Health Outreach Group Could Lose State Money

Dec 17, 2018

Florida Covering Kids & Families has for 11 years received state funding to conduct outreach for the Florida KidCare health-insurance program for children.

Plan Seeks To Help Children Get Health Insurance

Dec 17, 2018

Florida may have a plan to address the increasing number of children who lack health insurance, but it remains to be seen whether the proposal will get funded.

Healthy Kids Premiums Waived In 12 Counties

Oct 19, 2018

The Florida Healthy Kids Corp. Board of Directors on Thursday approved a plan to waive children’s health-insurance premiums for three months in counties that sustained heavy damage in Hurricane Michael. 

Healthy Kids Could Waive Premiums In Hard-hit Areas

Oct 18, 2018

The Florida Healthy Kids Corp. Board of Directors is expected Thursday to consider waiving children’s health-insurance premiums for three months in a dozen counties slammed last week by Hurricane Michael.

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A new online tool could help some Florida families quickly determine how much health insurance for their children will cost.

Children's Health Program Funding In Jeopardy

Dec 21, 2017

With money for Florida's subsidized children's health-insurance program due to run out in a matter of weeks, the state has not warned the parents of roughly 200,000 children that they could soon lose coverage.

Decision Delayed On KidCare Premiums

Oct 27, 2017

Members of a children's health-insurance panel said Thursday they wanted to help families in 48 counties who couldn't afford insurance premiums maintain coverage but delayed a vote on a plan until the panel receives details about how it would work and potential costs.

Emails Lead To Data Breach At Healthy Kids

Oct 27, 2017

As many as 2,000 people who rely on children's health-insurance programs may have had their personal data stolen.

Lawmakers Seek To Streamline KidCare

Oct 10, 2017

A Florida Senate committee approved a bill Monday that would streamline a state children's health insurance program, even though Congress has yet to reauthorize funding for the program.

Florida Healthy Kids Corporation is blaming President Obama's health care law after notifying parents that health insurance premiums will increase for thousands of kids starting next month, jumping from $140 to as high as $284.

A small-business lobbying group has launched a TV and online ad campaign to persuade Floridians to reject an estimated $51 billion in federal funds over the next decade -- money that would provide health coverage to about 1 million of the state's uninsured.

Florida's Republican legislative leaders say they believe they can get full federal funding for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, even though they propose to use it to buy subsidized private health insurance.

If they are wrong, they will be giving up a huge windfall of federal funding, which state economists last week estimated at $51 billion over the next decade. But if they are correct, they will have accomplished quite a political feat:

They will be able to say they extended health coverage to about 1 million low-income uninsured Floridians without having to go along with two programs they hate: the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. "ObamaCare," and Medicaid, the joint state and federal insurance program for some groups of poor people.

In other words, they can pass Medicaid Expansion without having to admit it, said state Rep. Mark Pafford when Health News Florida told him about the letter. "It looks like they're saying one thing and doing another."

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders counted on Mitt Romney to win the election and repeal what they call “ObamaCare.”  That didn't happen.

Now, like a kid who didn’t do his homework, the state’s about to miss an important deadline in implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.