What is the Florida KidCare Medicaid System?

Medicaid is intended to help mostly the low income families who cannot otherwise get access to health insurance for a variety of reasons.  Many states have special guidelines for children and Medicaid as they intend to have as many kids covered in the system as possible.  There are four basic options for kids in Florida on the “KidCare” system for coverage under Medicaid.

  • Medicaid: Covers children from birth through age 18. If a child qualifies for Medicaid, they cannot get any other KidCare coverage.  Any coverage for a child under the age of 18 is a good coverage.
  • MediKids: Children from age 1 up to age 5 whose household income is between 133% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The household is responsible to pay the monthly premium.
  • Florida Healthy Kids: Program provides medical coverage for children ages 5 through 18 in households whose income is over the Medicaid limit and under 200% of the FPL. This household is responsible to pay the monthly premium.
  • Children’s Medical Services Network: Eligible children from birth through age 18 who have special behavioral or physical health needs or have a chronic medical condition. This network will provide case management services for the eligible children.

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