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State and Local Entities Use a Variety of Means to Inform Parents About KidCare, Report No. 09-42, December 2009
 
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  • Several entities are responsible for administering the Florida KidCare Program. These include the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health, and the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation.
  • The state does not directly fund outreach activities for the Florida KidCare Program. Efforts to inform parents and caregivers about the program are conducted by local entities and state agency staff, and these outreach activities do not vary substantially between the counties with high and low rates of uninsured children. Factors other than outreach have a significant influence on the rates of uninsured children.
  • The Legislature could consider several options for increasing enrollment and encouraging retention in the Florida KidCare Program, such as providing limited non-recurring funding to support local outreach efforts or modifying the program’s administrative requirements. However, while efforts to increase enrollment could generate additional federal funding, they could require a significant investment of state funds.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

ACCESS Florida
Children's Medical Services (CMS)
Florida KidCare

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-84 Legislature Has Several Options for Florida’s KidCare Family Premium,published in December 2004.
  • Report No. 02-02 Healthy Kids Slots Used; Waiting Lists Eliminated, But Could Reoccur If Local Match Is Reinstated,published in January 2002.

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