Healthy Kids Press Contact,
Ashley Carr, Chief Marketing Officer,
(850) 701-6160, [email protected].
TALLAHASSEE – In her first annual report as CEO of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, Rebecca Matthews today released operational updates and information showing steady progress in reducing the number of uninsured children in the state.
“As evidenced by this annual report, this past year presented a series of changes, challenges and accomplishments within an evolving health insurance environment,” Matthews said. “Our state continues to make significant strides in reducing the number of uninsured children, with Florida KidCare as the foundation.”
Florida experienced one of the greatest declines in the nation in the number of uninsured children, according to a recent Georgetown University study released in October 2015 based on 2013-2014 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, more than 377,000 children remain uninsured — many of them eligible for low-cost or no-cost health insurance coverage through Florida KidCare.
About the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation
The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation was created in 1990 by the Florida Legislature as a public-private effort to improve access to health insurance for the state’s uninsured children. Identified as one of three state programs that were grandfathered into the original Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) legislation in 1997, Florida Healthy Kids was joined with two other existing state health care programs for children (Medicaid and Children’s Medical Services) and a new program (MediKids) to create the Florida KidCare program in 1998. Florida Healthy Kids serves Florida children ages 5 through the end of 18 who are not eligible for Medicaid.