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Legislature Has Several Options for Florida’s KidCare Family Premium, Report No. 04-84, December 2004
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  • Florida’s KidCare Program provides health insurance to uninsured, low-income children and requires cost sharing for some enrollees.  Enrollees in the MediKids, Children’s Medical Services Network, and Healthy Kids components pay premiums of $15 or $20 per month, depending on family income.
  • As directed by law, this report examines options for changing the family premium for Florida’s KidCare Program.  In setting family premiums for the KidCare Program, the Legislature should consider tradeoffs between the goals of reducing state costs by raising premium amounts and serving the maximum number of children within budgetary constraints.
  • If the Legislature wants to reduce the state costs of the KidCare Program, it could consider increasing family premiums for Fiscal Year 2005‑06.  However, research suggests that raising family premiums would reduce the number of children participating in the program. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

AHCA - KidCare
Agency for Health Care Administration

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-42 State and Local Entities Use a Variety of Means to Inform Parents About KidCare,published in December 2009.
  • Report No. 05-62 A Medicaid Buy-in Program Would Increase Health Care Access for the Uninsured But Also Increase State Costs, published in December 2005.
  • Report No. 05-03 OPPAGA Report: Continuing Certain Medicaid Options Will Increase Costs, But Benefit Recipients and the State, published in January 2005.
  • Report No. 02-02 Program Review: Healthy Kids Slots Used; Waiting Lists Eliminated, But Could Reoccur If Local Match Is Reinstated,  published in January 2002.

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