How did children-related issues fare during this past legislative session? While some Florida agency heads say it was a good one, others call it a mixed bag.

The children of legal immigrants to the U.S. and Florida would become immediately eligible for the state’s KidCare program. KidCare offers subsidized healthcare to low-income families.

The children of legal immigrants could soon gain access to the state’s KidCare program. KidCare offers subsidized health insurance to low- and middle-income families, and it has taken several years to get through the legislature.

Capital Report: 03-09-2015

Mar 9, 2015

Angry students and a grieving parent unloaded Monday on Florida lawmakers who want to make it legal to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. As Jim Ash reports, the father of a 20-year-old University of California shooting victim warned more students would die.

Florida's small-business marketplace is in for major changes under the Senate's Medicaid expansion proposal. Lynn Hatter reports after a slow start getting up and running, Florida Health Choices could see its customer base grow exponentially under the Senate's plan.

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More children could soon be allowed to sign up for the low-income health insurance program, KidCare.

SB 282 will eliminate a five-year waiting period for legal immigrant children to get healthcare.  It will allow nearly 30,000 low-income, legally residing children to participate in the KidCare insurance program.  Bill sponsor, Sen. Rene Garcia of Miami, says the proposal is long overdue and will not cost the state much money.

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Months after reversing his position on expanding Medicaid coverage in Florida, Gov. Scott and other members of the Florida Cabinet say they aren’t sure giving personal information to insurance navigators is a safe bet. This week, Scott even accused the federal government of using a person’s sensitive information to populate a national database.

“We cannot stop the president’s plan to create a new federal database that compiles person information on Floridians and all U.S. citizens who enter the federal healthcare exchanges,” Scott said during a cabinet meeting Tuesday in Miami.

More than two million Florida children are now enrolled in the state’s health insurance program for low income kids. Regan McCarthy reports the organization hit a record number of participants in March.

Florida Healthy Kids Executive Director Rich Robleto says the increased number of kids getting enrolled in the state’s Kidcare program is a good thing.