Florida KidCare – Ensure your child has Health Insurance

Local health officials remind parents that preschool and school age children should receive routine medical care. This allows health problems that may affect school performance to be addressed in their earliest treatable stage. The Florida KidCare program was established in 1998 to assist families who lack insurance in getting low-cost quality health care for their children.

“With the fall flu season approaching, we urge parents to enroll their children now, ” said Virginia Brockman, Sarasota County Health Department’s Florida KidCare Coordinator. “We know that having a primary source for healthcare means that you can take your kids to the doctor instead of the emergency room when they are sick.”

Coverage in the Florida KidCare program begins once eligibility has been determined and the full premium amount has been received. The amount of each premium is based on household size and monthly income. Most families pay a total of $15 to $20 per month; however, some may pay more. Others may pay nothing at all.

Families are only required to submit one application, which covers all Florida KidCare programs. We encourage families to apply online at www.floridakidcare.org. This may allow you to get your children enrolled faster, and may reduce the wait time for missing information or income documentation. For more information or assistance with the application process, call the Sarasota County Health Department at 941-861-2813.

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