Florida health care navigator receives grant from Biden administration

Florida Covering Kids and Families has been selected as one of 30 health care “navigators” to receive a grant from the Biden administration this week. The program, which is operated by the University of South Florida, received the highest grant awarded of 250,000.

The funding will be used by the organization to help families navigate the health care market during the 2021 special enrollment period. The special period began on Feb. 15 and will last until May 15.

 

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Florida Covering Kids and Families works with stakeholders across the state to reach out to families in need and attempt to provide them with affordable health care. They encourage eligible families to enroll their children in Florida KidCare, the state’s version of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), when they return to school every year. They also work with businesses and the military to form “coalitions” to tackle the state’s uninsured rate.

The uninsured rate in Florida has been steady in recent years. In 2019, 13% of Floridians were uninsured. The figure has hovered around that amount since 2016. Last year, 2.1 million Floridians enrolled in health insurance through the exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act, the most of any state.

About $2.3 million was distributed by the Biden administration across the country to similar programs. Only one other program received as much funding as Florida Covering Kids and Families.