TAVARES —The Lake County Board of County Commissioners presented at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday a resolution declaring the week of Aug. 15 as Children’s Healthcare Coverage Week.
During the month of August, the Lake County Community Health Worker Program and the Lake County Florida KidCare Coalition have been stepping up efforts to call attention to the need for all Lake County children to have access to affordable health care coverage. For those that are not currently insured, there is the Florida KidCare program.
Florida KidCare is a health insurance program for uninsured children from birth through age 18. The program covers a wide variety of services, including routine doctor and dental visits, vision care, emergency care and prescriptions.
“It is important for the community to know that the Florida KidCare program is not just for children of parents who are unemployed, or who are very low income,” said Maria Granado, Coordinator of the Lake County Community Health Worker Program. “The great thing about this program is that it fits many different family sizes and income levels, and can assist with health care costs for children, even if one or both parents are employed.”
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 ensure that all uninsured children have access to appropriate, quality and affordable health care, which would enable them to live happy, healthy and productive lives.
For more information on the Florida KidCare program or for assistance with applying, call the Lake County Community Health Worker Program at (352) 343-9627.