What do we know? Resistance and voters being vocal is working! Chances are that if you are reading this, you have more than a passing interest in the biggest debate of our lifetimes. There is no more vital issue to human beings than their health, and all of the related activities associated with either being […]
When Maria Cataldo’s family moved from cold Ontario, Canada to sunny Florida in June 2004, they experienced a very chilly reception. The Cataldos arrived in Florida unaware that a five-year wait was in place for children to receive subsidized health insurance. Maria, now 24, was 15 at the time of the move, was looking forward […]
March 14, 2012 – The 2012 legislative session wrapped up with a frenzy of activity last week, leaving health advocates with a mixed bag of steps forward and cuts to Medicaid and safety net services. Changes making KidCare available to children of low-income state employees who cannot afford expensive family coverage passed as part of […]
Jodi Ray, Covering Kids and Families January 13, 2011- By enrolling more children in KidCare, Florida could bring in more federal money. The federal CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Law -known as CHIPRA- includes a provision called a Performance Bonus, which provides extra financial help to states that do a good job of enrolling Medicaid-eligible […]
State lawmakers kept the state’s 30 Healthy Start Coalitions intact, but cut $4.7 million in service funding for the program. The final 2010 budget reduced general revenue funding for Healthy Start services for at-risk pregnant women and newborns by $2 million. Loss of these funds prevents the state from drawing down an addition $2.7 million in federal funding.
Pregnant Women, Child Health, and Proven Prevention Programs- Why the Struggle During the 2010 Legislative Session?
Maternal and child health care advocates, providers, and families struggled for months to save the network of proven health, prevention and early intervention programs throughout the long and labor intense 2010 Legislative Session.
Providing health care coverage for low income pregnant women and children gives families security while providing relief to the strain on shrinking state revenues.
Future funding for Florida’s Healthy Start Coalitions and expanded Medicaid coverage for pregnant women is now up to the budget conference committee.
The long-delayed trial pitting Florida’s low-income children and the providers that care for them in the Medicaid program against the State is underway.
Despite level funding in the Governor’s budget, state maternal and child health advocates are bracing for a tough legislative session as state lawmakers grapple with significantly lower revenue projections.