By Agrippina Fadel
All Florida school districts may soon require parents or guardians of a child enrolled in a free or reduced lunch program to be notified about eligibility for the healthcare coverage, according to House Bill 825, filed by State Rep. Dan Daley (D-Coral Springs)
The amendment to the School Nutrition Program Requirements was filed on Thursday, requiring each district school board to provide the parent or guardians with information on the Florida KidCare Program. The amendment will take effect on July 1, 2022.
Florida KidCare is the umbrella brand for Medicaid, MediKids, Florida Healthy Kids, and the Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Health Plan. These government-sponsored health insurance programs provide coverage for Florida children from birth through age 18.
Daley said an estimated 343,000 Florida children were uninsured in 2019, the second-highest number in the nation.
“This legislation will provide information on opportunities for eligible families to apply for coverage that they might not know about,” he said. “By sharing this knowledge with parents or guardians, we will improve the lives of many kids through access to quality, affordable healthcare.”
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- Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and received her master’s in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has been a US resident for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.
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