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or parents, keeping their children healthy is at the top of the priority list, but sometimes, the “what if” or “just in case” precautions seem unattainable. Florida KidCare, however, makes it that much easier and more affordable to make sure your children have proper health insurance.

This program, specific to Sunshine State residents, provides insurance to children from birth to age 18 and has different plans specific to you and your family’s needs. Plans provide preventive care, such as doctor visits, check-ups and vaccinations as well as hospital, prescription medications, vision and hearing, dental and mental health coverage. After applying for Florida KidCare, children will be categorized according to the age of the child and family income. There are four partner agencies of the program: Medikids, Healthy Kids, Children’s Medical Services Network and Medicaid.

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keeping kids healthy F MEDIKIDS ADMINISTERED BY THE AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION, MEDIKIDS PROVIDES FOR CHILDREN AGES 1 THROUGH 4 AND IS SIMILAR TO MEDICAID, AS CHILDREN RECEIVE THE SAME SERVICES AND BENEFITS AS INDIVIDUALS WITH MEDICAID. THIS PROGRAM COSTS BETWEEN $15-$20 EACH MONTH, DEPENDING ON THE APPLICANT’S INCOME, WITH NO DEDUCTIBLES OR CO-PAYMENTS. IF YOUR INCOME IS TOO HIGH FOR THE CUTOFF, THERE IS ALSO A FULL-PAY OPTION THAT COSTS $196 EACH MONTH. fdhc.state.f l.us/Medicaid/MediKids/

FLORIDA HEALTHY KIDS THIS GOVERNMENT-FUNDED PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO ALL FLORIDA CHILDREN AGES 5 THROUGH 18 AND CAN COST AS LITTLE AS $15-$20 PER MONTH WITH A FULLPAY OPTION FOR HIGHER INCOME FAMILIES. healthykids.org

MEDICAID THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES DETERMINES THE ELIGIBILITY OF FAMILIES FOR MEDICAID, WHICH PROVIDES THOSE WHO QUALIFY WITH CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE FROM BIRTH THROUGH AGE 18 WITH LITTLE TO NO COST. MYFLFAMILIES.COM ENROLLMENT IS OPEN YEAR-ROUND, AND YOU CAN APPLY ONLINE AT FLORIDAKIDCARE.ORG OR BY PHONE BY CALLING (888) 540-5437.

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CHILDREN’S MEDICAL SERVICES NETWORK Children’s Medical Services Network is a group of programs for children with special needs from birth through age 18. Eligibility is determined by clinical screenings and the family’s most current year income level, but there is not a full-pay option for this program. cms-kids.com

Marion Healthy Living May'13  

Inspiring A Healthier, Balanced Lifestyle

Marion Healthy Living May'13  

Inspiring A Healthier, Balanced Lifestyle