Fla. Needy Could More Easily Get Insured With Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida may soon make it easier for children to get state-subsidized health insurance.

The House sent Gov. Charlie Crist a bill (SB 918) on Friday that would streamline the Florida KidCare program. It was approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

The bill would shorten the time families have to wait before switching to KidCare after losing their private coverage. It also would allow a family that had KidCare but was 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.

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

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