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County receives grant to help uninsured children enroll in KidCare

RELEASE DATE: August 20, 2007

TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Community Services, Community Health Worker Program, was awarded last week a $8,700 matching grant to perform a variety of community outreach activities to promote the Florida KidCare Back-to-School Campaign.

Specifically, the grant will help Lake County community-health workers assist families with uninsured children to enroll in KidCare. The health workers will be equipped with outreach kits that consist of a laptop computer, an air card and a community service directory.

"Our objective is to increase the number of Lake County children currently enrolled in the Florida KidCare Program through outreach and community awareness activities," said Maria Granado, Lake County's Community Health Worker Coordinator.

KidCare accepts applications year-round from families with uninsured children under the age of 19. Children enrolled in the program receive regular doctor visits, immunizations and routine vision and hearing screening. Most families pay a premium of $15 or $20 a month.

Families can apply online 24-hours a day on the Florida KidCare Web site at www.floridakidcare.org. Families can also apply by mail. To receive an application or for more information, call Florida KidCare at (888) 540-5437.

For more information about the Lake County Community Health Worker Program, call Maria Granado at (352) 742-6504.

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