Changes to the Florida's Healthy Kids program
New Florida Law Making Immigrant Children Eligible for KidCare Health Insurance Goes Into Effect July 1st
The Florida Legislature has passed a new law that will help many immigrant children who lawfully reside (PDF) in Florida obtain health insurance coverage. Prior to this change, non-citizen children living in Florida had to be lawfully in the United States at least five years before they qualified for health insurance through the Florida KidCare program. After the law goes into effect on July 1, 2016, there will no longer be a waiting period for these children.
Most children who were previously denied subsidized Florida KidCare coverage because of the five-year waiting period will need to reapply beginning July 1, 2016 by calling 1-888-540-5437 to update their information. Children whose applications are submitted on or after June 1, 2016 will be automatically reevaluated based on the new law — and Florida KidCare will reach out to families with children who are likely to be eligible.
Children enrolled in the full-pay program who were subject to the five-year waiting period will be automatically transferred into Florida Healthy Kids, MediKids, or Children’s Medical Services (CMS) depending upon which program they are eligible for, based on their age, on July 1, 2016.
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