Organization spreads word about Florida KidCare insurance

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM.

CRESTVIEW —  Sacred Heart Children's Hospital is spreading the word about Florida KidCare health insurance, a federally funded health insurance option for children under age 19.

"We are working on behalf of the state, trying to get children enrolled," Nora Bailey, a consultant for Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, said, adding that many residents may be unaware of the program.

"Florida has traditionally had a very low percentage of eligible people who are enrolled," Bailey said.

Florida KidCare provides lower rates than most insurance companies and employer health plans, Bailey said. Uninsured children under age 19 who are U.S. citizens or qualified non-citizens are eligible for the program. Other restrictions, including income requirements, apply.

Following a recent federal grant, Sacred Heart Children's Hospital has hired four community health workers to help families apply for Florida KidCare insurance. Their coverage area includes Okaloosa, Escambia, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.

"My role is go out into the community and spread the word," Dione Wilson, one such health worker, said.

Wilson, a married father of two girls, became involved with the program after discovering how beneficial Florida KidCare insurance would be to his family.

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