Beginning at birth, all infants and children need regular health check-ups and access to medical care for any health conditions that arise. It is important that your child has a medical home – a place where your child goes to receive medical care with a health care provider who knows your child and has developed a trusted relationship of mutual responsibility with you as the parent. Children are more likely to have access to routine medical care when they have health insurance coverage.
Through Florida KidCare, the state of Florida offers health insurance for children from birth through age 18, even if one or both parents are working. It includes four different parts. When you apply for the insurance, Florida KidCare will check which part your child may qualify for based on age and family income.
Some of the services Florida KidCare covers are:
- Doctor visits
- Check-ups and shots
- Vision and hearing
- Mental health
There is no charge for Medicaid for children (KidCare Medicaid). For other Florida KidCare programs, monthly premiums depend on your household’s size and income. Most families pay $15 or $20 a month. Some families have to pay more. Families who are not eligible for assistance paying the insurance premium may buy Florida Kidcare at the “full pay” premium rate.
How to Apply
You can apply online or print an application at http://www.floridahealth.gov/AlternateSites/KidCare/.
If you applied for Florida KidCare before, you can update your information by calling 1 (888) 540-5437.