TAVARES —The Lake County Community Health Worker Program and the Lake County Florida KidCare Coalition will be participating in two upcoming community events to help inform residents about Florida KidCare health insurance, a program from the state of Florida for uninsured children from birth through age 18.
On Saturday, Aug. 13, representatives from Florida KidCare will be on hand to answer questions regarding the program at the following events:
- 2011 Back to School Safety Fair
Lake Square Mall, located at 10401 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Northeast Mount Dora Community Back to School Rally
Frank Brown Sports Complex, located at 1245 Pine Ave., Mt. Dora
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Eligibility for the program is based on household size and family income, and is available even if one or both parents are employed. Florida KidCare health insurance covers routine doctor and dental visits, vision care, emergency care, prescriptions and other services.
“Children who have health insurance are more successful in school, have fewer absences due to illness, and consequently parents miss less days of work,” states Maria Granado, coordinator of the Lake County Community Health Worker Program. “Many parents do not know about the Florida KidCare program, or if they do, do not believe they are eligible. It is our objective to spread the word about this vital program.”
Since 2007, the Lake County Community Health Worker Program has worked with local community partners to raise awareness of services offered through the Florida KidCare program. In 2009, the Lake County Florida KidCare Coalition was established with a vision to make certain that all uninsured children have access to quality health care, which would enable them to live happy, healthy and productive lives.
For more information or eligibility requirements for Florida KidCare, call the Lake County Community Health Worker Program at (352) 343-9627.