Florida CKF Coalition Pulls Out the Stops to Enroll Children

Covering Kids & Families

In 2003, some 374,000 Florida children were potentially eligible for Florida KidCare, the state's Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), but were not enrolled. The Covering Kids & Families statewide coalition faced an array of obstacles to closing the gap, made all the more daunting by a severe economic downturn.

Reeling from state budget shortfalls, the Florida legislature passed measures that virtually eliminated the state's ability to conduct outreach for KidCare, started a waiting list, and imposed new income documentation requirements.

These measures helped to save the state money, but sharply curtailed enrollment, with the number of covered children dropping by nearly 23 percent.