Healthy Children are Better Learners
|We know how expensive it is for health insurance or
uninsured doctor visits. If a family is very poor, there is Medicaid for
the kids which is great. However, we also all know that very often it is
the families that are just a few dollars over the extreme poverty level
that eliminates them from health care.
This past week or so, there was a "Dear Abby" article that I clipped and
though I should share with you all. It is legit and I have provided
phone numbers and website URLs for more information. The info is also in
Spanish and has forms on the site.
To learn more, go to Your State's
Program or make a free call to 1-877-KIDS-NOW for more information.
Florida KidCare (http://www.floridakidcare.org/)
offers affordable, low-cost health insurance for the uninsured children
of Florida. No interview required, just fill out and mail the easy,
one-page application and we will tell you if your child is eligible.
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Today in the United States more than
8.5-million children have no health insurance.
They do not have access to annual checkups or eye exams and are less
likely to receive proper medical care for common childhood illnesses
such as sore throats, ear aches and asthma.
Covering Kids and Families, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, is working to let parents know that low-cost and free health
care coverage is available through the State Children’s Health Insurance
Program (SCHIP) and Medicaid. Programs are available in all 50 states
and the District of Columbia.
Uninsured children are eligible for these programs, even if their
parents work. Eligibility varies by state, but families earning up to
$36,000 a year or more may qualify for these programs, which cover
doctor visits, immunizations, hospitalizations and more.
As parents send their children back to school, Covering Kids and
Families is encouraging parents of uninsured children to enroll them in
a low-cost or free health care coverage program now.
— Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., MBA., President and CEO, Robert Wood