Through Florida KidCare, the state of Florida offers health insurance for children from birth through age 18, even if one or both parents are working.
Florida KidCare is for children, not adults. To qualify for premium assistance, a child must:
Families who are not eligible for premium assistance may buy Florida KidCare (MediKids or Healthy Kids) at the “full pay” premium rate.
Call 1-888-540-5437 for more information.
You may apply for Florida KidCare if your child has other health insurance now. We suggest that you keep your child's current health insurance until you receive an approval letter from Florida KidCare letting you know when your child's new Florida KidCare coverage will start. Florida KidCare coverage starts on the first day of the month after you make your first premium payment.
If your Florida KidCare monthly premium is $15 or $20, your child cannot have other health insurance and Florida KidCare coverage at the same time. You will need to cancel your child's other health insurance before their new Florida KidCare coverage starts. This is a federal law. Please call Florida KidCare customer service at 1-800-821-5437 if you have questions.
Florida KidCare includes four different parts. When you apply for the insurance, Florida KidCare will check which part your child may qualify for based on age and family income.
children ages 1 through 4.
children ages 5 through 18.
Medicaid: Clinically eligible children with special health care needs from birth through 20.
Title XXI Florida KidCare: Clinically eligible children with special health care needs from birth through 18.
children birth through 18.
A child who has other health insurance may still qualify for Medicaid.
Some of the services Florida KidCare covers are:
The Florida KidCare state children's health insurance program has four partner agencies. When you apply for the insurance, Florida KidCare will check which part your child may qualify for based on age and family income:
Created in state law, the Florida KidCare Coordinating Council is responsible for providing an annual report and recommendations for improving the Florida KidCare program to the Governor and Legislature. Council membership includes representatives from the Department of Health, the Department of Children and Families, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, the Department of Insurance, local government, health insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, health care providers, families participating in the program, and organizations representing low-income families.