Children’s Hospital assists families with low-cost health insurance

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Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 17:00 PM.

PENSACOLA — Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is helping families enroll their children in low-cost health insurance through Florida KidCare.

Sacred Heart will provide personal assistance to parents, grandparents and guardians in understanding their options and assisting them to enroll in the Florida KidCare program. A community health worker is available to help families in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Florida ranks third in the U.S. for the number of uninsured children, with more than 500,000 young lives without coverage. Children without health insurance often miss preventive care such as immunizations, doctors’ visits, vision care and dental check-ups.

Florida KidCare is comprehensive health insurance that covers prescription medications, sports physicals, dental care, eye and hearing exams, eyeglasses, doctor’s visits, emergencies and x-rays.

 “Regular physician and dental visits are important to children’s good health,” says Cheryl  Pilling, manager of Sacred Heart’s Community Wellness Outreach Program. “The earlier a problem is detected, the better chance a child has of getting treatment and avoiding complications. With insurance from Florida KidCare, families will be able to obtain the health care their children need to thrive.”

Email InsureKidsNow@shhpens.org or call 1-866-591-3600 for more details.



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