TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – At a time when the U.S. economy is in turmoil, wouldn’t it be nice to know the cost of your kids healthcare is covered? It can be with the Florida KidCare program.

There are an estimated 700-thousand kids in Florida with no health coverage, even though the state offers free and low cost insurance for kids.

Now the state of Florida is urging parents to consider enrolling uninsured children in the program before they head back to school.

The Healthy Kids coverage costs between $15 and $160 a month depending on income and need. The need has been growing drastically in the last three years due to the recession.

Rich Robleto, the Executive Director of Florida Healthy Kids says the program has been reaching out to parents who’ve lost jobs.

“These are families that might never have thought about what kind of a social program is out there, they might not ever have been aware that there are programs. So we put a lot of focus on trying to get our message to the newly unemployed,” said Robleto.

Florida currently has about 200,000 children enrolled in the subsidized Healthy Kids program. State lawmakers appropriated enough cash to enroll an extra 20,000 children.

For more information or to apply for Florida KidCare, visit www.FloridaKidCare.org or call 1-888-540-5437.


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