Real Stories

A chilly reception for Family new to Florida

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 […]

Child with Autism, Asperger’s and Asthma in Need of Florida KidCare

Kenneth Moore’s son Aaron, 13, is in a tough position. He is autistic, has Asperger’s disorder, and suffers from asthma. Aside from his medical conditions, Aaron is also currently uninsured and not receiving the routine care he needs for his conditions. Aaron’s Medicaid coverage was terminated when his father began receiving Social Security Disability benefits. […]

KidCare program there for family when they needed it

The Cruz family had been using the Florida KidCare program for their two oldest children without major incidents since 2007. Overall, the family was happy with the program and very happy to have the peace of mind of having affordable health insurance for their kids. However, during the initial months of being in the program, […]

Nine year old’s mother looks forward to getting KidCare coverage

Arie Strobel and her daughter, Eve, 9, are both without health insurance. Eva’s father died in 2009 and the small business he ran shut down and the health insurance plan she and her mother were covered on was terminated. It was a “troubling and stressful” time for Arie and her daughter as she worked to […]

Children with health conditions needing continuous coverage

Gary Stein holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and has worked for such organizations as the eminent Center for Disease Control. But in August 2011, after Governor Scott took office and the Florida legislature made deep cuts, Gary’s job was eliminated at the Hillsborough County Health Department—along with more than 150 employees. The loss […]

Child with asthma in need of KidCare

“We got kicked off of KickCare, ” said Tamarah Mayle, 30, a disabled United States Army Veteran and a single mother of two young girls ages 11 and 9. Tamarah’s full-time employer did not provide health insurance, so Tamarah wisely utilized the Florida KidCare program to make sure her children had health insurance. But in […]

Employed mother relies on KidCare because private coverage too expensive

Bell Jackson  works full time as a front desk receptionist at an emergency food pantry in Ft. Lauderdale.  Each day, she sees hundreds of families and individuals who are so impoverished, they cannot even afford food. Although Bell’s modest paycheck covers food and most of her family’s expenses, paying for private health insurance is not […]

Child’s illness leaves huge medical debt despite insurance

As a result of our medical debt, we do not own a home, we have no savings, are still living paycheck to paycheck, and at age 36, I am still reliant on my parents for certain things.

Co-pays prevent care as debts mount for government worker, children

I have recently had to get a second job just to keep food on the table and gas in the car. I can’t entertain the thought of preventative medical care at this time. I have to wait for an emergency just to get treatment for myself and my family, because I simply cannot afford it.