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FLORIDA KID CARE

 Eligibility

Families who are not eligible for premium assistance may buy
Florida KidCare
(MediKids or Healthy Kids)
at the “full pay” premium rate.

Call 1-888-540-5437
for more information.

Florida KidCare is for children, not adults.
To qualify for premium assistance, a child must:

  • Be under age 19  
  • Be uninsured
  • Meet income eligibility requirements
  • Be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen
Not be eligible for Medicaid  
Not be in a public institution

Cost

  • There is no charge for Medicaid for children (KidCare Medicaid).  
  • For other Florida KidCare programs, monthly premiums depend on your household’s size and income. Most families pay $15 or $20 a month. If you need to pay more, Florida KidCare will let you know.  
  • Make checks or money orders payable to Florida KidCare. Do not send cash. If your
  • child (or children) is approved for Medicaid or denied coverage, your premium payment
  • will be refunded.  
  • You may have to pay small charges or co-payments for some services.  
  • A child who is a member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaskan Native tribe may qualify for no-cost Florida KidCare coverage.


Applying for Florida KidCare

Except for Medicaid, a child must be uninsured before Florida KidCare coverage starts. Some Florida KidCare programs may have limited space, and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. When MediKids, Healthy Kids and the Children’s Medical Services Network are full, enrollment for these programs will close. Medicaid is always open for children who qualify.

An application will be valid for 120 days after Florida KidCare receives it. Florida KidCare will notify you if the application process is not completed within 120 days for MediKids, Healthy Kids, or the Children’s Medical Services Network. To restart the application process, call 1-888-540-5437. An application that is older than 120 days may still be used to determine if your children are eligible for Medicaid.

If enrollment for MediKids, Healthy Kids and the Children’s Medical Services Network is closed, we will let you know when we receive your application. We will check to see if your children might be eligible for Medicaid. You will receive more information if your children are eligible for Medicaid. If your children are not eligible for Medicaid, we will notify you. You will need to call 1-888-540-5437 to restart the application process when the programs are open again. .