What is Florida KidCare?
Florida KidCare is the State of Florida’s high-quality, low-cost health insurance for children. The program was created through Title XXI of the Social Security Act and reauthorized in 2009. Through its four partners, including Florida Healthy Kids, the program covers children from birth through age 18:
- Administers the Florida Healthy Kids program for children ages 5 through 18.
- Determines eligibility for the non-Medicaid parts of the program.
- Collects monthly premiums.
- Manages the Florida KidCare customer service call center.
- Administers Medicaid services.
- Administers MediKids program for children ages 1 through 4.
- Works with the federal government to make sure the Florida KidCare program follows all federal laws and rules.
- Determines eligibility for the Medicaid program.
- Administers the Behavioral Health Network for children ages 5 through 18 with serious emotional disturbances.
- Administers the Children’s Medical Services Network (CMSN) for children with special health care needs from birth through age 18.
- Chairs Florida KidCare Coordinating Council
Currently, more than 1.8 million Florida children are enrolled in Florida KidCare. Enrollment is open and families can apply online or call 1-888-540-KIDS (5437) to have an application mailed to them.