Florida Healthy Kids

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Healthy Kids Press Contact,
Ashley Carr, Chief Marketing Officer,
(850) 701-6160, connect@healthykids.org.

12/28/1998

December 28, 1998

Orange County, Seminole County And Osceola County To Join Florida Healthy Kids Program

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Healthy Kids program has come together with local community and government leaders to provide additional children the opportunity to have health care coverage in the state of Florida. Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties have just announced their first enrollment period for this children's health insurance program.

To qualify for the comprehensive health plan, the child must be age 5 to 19, be uninsured and not eligible for Medicaid.

Health care services are provided through Physicians Healthcare Plan. Families may qualify for reduced rates of $15 per family, depending on income. If the family does not meet the criteria for reduced rates, the coverage costs $68 per month per child.

Healthy Kids provides comprehensive benefits for children including: doctors' office visits, inpatient hospital care, prescriptions, eyeglasses, immunizations and much more.

It is estimated that more than 800,000 of Florida's school aged children lack health insurance. The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, a nonprofit organization, was established by the Florida Legislature in 1990 to address this problem and has received state and national recognition for its innovative approach to bridging the health care gap for previously uninsured children. Healthy Kids, which insures 60,000 children statewide, has been lauded as a national model receiving the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award in 1996 from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Parents who want to apply for Healthy Kids coverage in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties can call toll-free 1-888-FLA-KIDS (1-888-352-5437). Applications are being accepted now. Health care coverage will be issued on a first come first serve basis as enrollment is limited in each county.

Healthy Kids Press Contact,
Ashley Carr, Chief Marketing Officer,
(850) 701-6160, connect@healthykids.org.