Organization spreads word about Florida KidCare insurance

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

He earned $55,000 annually and was covered along with his wife by an employer's health insurance policy. But the household's finances became less manageable after he added Jessica, his youngest daughter, to the plan. 

"It went to ($)400 every two weeks, so that was ($)800 every month," Wilson said. "I couldn't afford that; it was like a house payment."

 Wilson reached out to Medicaid, but learned his household income was too high to qualify. Medicaid, a state and federally funded program, provides medical coverage to low-income individuals and families. The Social Security Administration or the Department of Children and Families determines eligibility.

Wilson soon learned about Florida KidCare, which he said covered Jessica's health care at a reasonable cost.

For instance, $140 per month might cover a child; rates vary based on the household income, he said.

The plans — which allow families to choose their children's physicians — cover doctor and hospital visits and medical procedures. In addition, they cover prescriptions, vision, hearing and dental care, according to the Florida KidCare website.

Enrollment is easy, Wilson said.

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