Florida Healthy Kids

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

10/25/1999

October 25, 1999

Six New Counties In Florida To Join Healthy Kids

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Healthy Kids program has come together with local community and government leaders to provide additional children the opportunity to have healthcare coverage in the State of Florida. For the first time, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties will hold open enrollment. Their first enrollment period will begin on November 1, 1999. To qualify for the comprehensive health plan, the child must be age five to 19, be uninsured and ineligible for Medicaid or the CMS Network. Health care services are provided through Healthplan Southeast. Most families will pay $15/month per family.

Healthy Kids provides comprehensive health insurance 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 over 96,000 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 can call toll-free 1-888-FLA-KIDS (1-888-352-5437). Applications are being accepted now. Healthcare coverage will be issued on a first come-first served basis as enrollment is limited in each county.

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