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Florida Connecting Kids to Coverage Project Announces New Partner in South Florida

Hispanic Unity of Florida will provide consumers with Florida KidCare assister services.
Florida Connecting Kids to Coverage (FLCKF), a statewide outreach and enrollment initiative managed by the University of South Florida’s Florida Covering Kids & Families, is announcing a new regional partner for the South Florida markets to help assist consumers seeking coverage for their children. Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF) is South Florida’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the immigrant population, serving diverse and multi-cultural working families since 1982.

Jodi Ray, the Managing Director of FLCKF, stated: “We are happy and excited to bring Hispanic Unity on board with us, this will help us in our general outreach in South Florida and especially into the very large non-English speaking communities of South Florida, given their experience and familiarity with the region.” Josie Bacallao, the President and CEO of HUF noted, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Florida Connecting Kids to Coverage team and networks as we continue our programs to reduce health care disparities and increase access to health care for minorities and other vulnerable populations in South Florida. Our goal is to enable families to maximize the use of health coverage and other resources to increase their quality of life.”

HUF will be joining FLCKF and its other regional partners in identifying and reaching out to families with children and teens who are eligible for Florida KidCare, Florida’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). All our regional partners, which also include Wolfson Medical Center in the Jacksonville region, True Health in Central Florida, The Family Healthcare Foundation in the Tampa region and Lee Health in Southwest Florida, have expertise in outreach and enrollment services. Our goals are to let families know who is eligible, the benefits available to them, and to help them with the application process.

Florida KidCare is the primary state health insurance program for children, it is available year-round. To qualify for free or low-cost coverage, a child must be under 18, meet income eligibility requirements and be a US citizen or qualified non-citizen. One application connects families to the program based on child age, household size and family income. For more info consumers can visit www.floridaconnectingkidstocoverage.com or call 813-590-0320. For HUF, contact call Mario Negron at 954-329-5263 or email mnegron@hispanicunity.com

    Media contacts:
    Jody Young
    Florida Covering Kids & Families

    Katherin Gallego
    Hispanic Unity of Florida

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