With a third of the annual regular legislative session already gone, a bill that would close gaps in access to health care coverage for Florida children has passed just one committee and appears in danger of not passing.
The proposal (HB 689) by Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, would bridge the gap between when a child loses other health care coverage – such as when a parent loses a job or otherwise can’t pay for private health coverage– and when the child is enrolled in Florida KidCare, the low-cost federal-state children’s health insurance program. Harrell’s bill would allow children to keep receiving medical treatment until a final eligibility decision is made, usually within 45 days.
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