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Resource ID: #17765
Subject: Health Care
Source: Florida Trend Magazine
Date: 2024-05-20



Florida Trend writes that KidCare, the umbrella organization for Florida's children's health insurance programs, "has added 487,238 children from poor or low-income families" since 1998. However, "some 245,561 children who qualify for free or subsidized insurance aren't signed up...The highest rate of uninsured children is among Hispanics, 22% of whom have no insurance." Vogel writes that "the biggest obstacles to insuring more children are ignorance and fear rather than programs and money. In 1999 and 2000, the state spent only $143.7 million of the $414.1 million it had available -- simply because it could not locate more uninsured children." Some parents don't enroll their children because they don't believe in public assistance. "Most often, however - in eight of 10 cases - parents assume wrongly that they don't qualify for free or subsidized insurance because they are working."

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