Child Healthcare Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - More Florida children will soon have
easier access to state-subsidized health insurance.

Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill Tuesday that shortens the time families must wait before switching to KidCare after losing private coverage. It also allows a family that had KidCare dropped for failure to pay to get back into the system more quickly.

Florida KidCare includes the Healthy Kids program, which subsidizes insurance for low-income families through state and federal funds.

Nearly 176,000 children are enrolled in Healthy Kids, which subsidizes the cost of health insurance to families who make up to 200 percent of the federal poverty limit. That's $44,000 a year for a family of four.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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