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. (1-877-543-7669) 

Florida KidCare ( 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 Johnson Foundation

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