Children’s Health

CHAIN Statement on Florida Medicaid Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Aimed at Improving Access to Medical and Dental Care for Children

Florida CHAIN spokesman Kyle Simon released the following statement in response to a Tampa Bay Times editorial addressing a recent class action lawsuit settlement related to children’s health care: Florida CHAIN commends the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for reaching a settlement to the litigation initiated on behalf of Florida’s vulnerable children who had limited access […]

Lawmaker to Feds: Make Florida Give Poor Kids Healthcare

By Carol Marbin Miller, The Miami Herald U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is asking federal health administrators to investigate Florida’s “outrageous and miserable history” of denying adequate healthcare to impoverished and disabled children, saying the state has deliberately ignored a judge’s ruling that Florida’s insurer for the needy is systematically violating federal law. In a letter […]

Important Change Coming to Florida Healthy Kids

September 2, 2015 Dear partners, There have been numerous stories in traditional and social media about the changes coming to Florida Healthy Kids full-pay option. The premium rates are increasing between 47 and 95 percent. That’s a big financial impact on 36,000 working families in Florida. It is important to recognize what aspects of the […]

Florida CHAIN Weighs in on Federal Medicaid Regulations

Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are health plans that attempt to control the cost and quality of care by coordinating medical and other health-related services. State Medicaid plans began to contract with independent MCOs in the 1980s as a strategy to control and predict their Medicaid expenditures. The number of Medicaid beneficiaries that receive their health care […]

The ACA Is Increasing Coverage for Low Income Florida Kids!

In Florida, the number of uninsured children has consistently remained higher than the national average. While the estimate of the overall number of uninsured children in Florida has gone down from 600,537 in 2009 to 436,166 in 2012, the state still ranked 49th in the number of uninsured children in each of those years. Between […]

2014 Florida Legislature’s Health Care Legacy: Inaction, Irresponsibility

When the Florida Legislature adjourned its 2014 session earlier this month, the primary health care-related “accomplishment” it could claim was its decision to blatantly disregard Florida’s families, businesses and economy for purely political purposes. (Download PDF of  The 2014 Legislature’s Health Care Legacy: Inaction,  Irresponsibility  here) Sheer Force of Will Shuts Down Discussion and Blocks […]

Getting Covered in Florida: No Wrong Door

The “No Wrong Door” approach of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means that you should be able to qualify for and be enrolled in the right program: No matter which program you actually apply for. No matter which application form you fill out – state or federal, online or paper. There are two equivalent but […]

[Comunicado De Prensa] – Los 436,000 Niños Sin Seguro Médico en la Florida

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA 21 de noviembre de 2013 Contacto: Leah Barber-Heinz / 850-294-6087 / [email protected] Damien Filer / 850-212-1858 / [email protected] El Reporte de la Universidad de Georgetown Encuentra Buenas Noticias Para Los Niños de la Florida Aunque las tasas han bajado, mucho más trabajo se requiere para poder cubrir los 436,000 niños sin seguro […]

Florida’s 436,000 Uninsured Children

PRESS STATEMENT November 20, 2013 Contact:  Leah Barber-Heinz / 850-294-6087 / [email protected] Damien Filer / 850-212-1858 / [email protected] Georgetown University Report Finds Good News for Florida Children Though rates are down, there is much work to be done to cover Florida’s 436,000 uninsured children A new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and […]

Guaranteed Medicaid Eligibility for Young Adults Who Have Aged Out of Foster Care

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most young adults who have aged out of Florida’s foster care system will be eligible for Medicaid until they turn 26. Click here for a fact sheet on Guaranteed Medicaid Eligibility for Young Adults who have aged out of Foster Care.