December 1, 2021

Latest child well-being survey shows pandemic instability among families

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Anne Geggis writes:

"A nonprofit is urging the state to expand subsidized insurance to more families.

Florida lags behind most states in providing children health insurance and other tools they need for growing into educated, healthy and productive citizens, a nonpartisan organization found in its latest survey.

New data shows how the COVID-19 pandemic has destabilized Florida families, already dealing with conditions that rank the state in the bottom half of the country for statistical indicators of child well-being. The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) [emphasis added], based in Orlando, is urging support for a current bill (HB 135) that would increase the amount of money families can make and still qualify for state-subsidized health care, known as KidCare. FPI is a nonprofit that advances policies to improve the economic mobility and quality of life for Floridians.

'The insurance models we have for children is coming up short,' said Robert Bridges, chief executive of Nemours Florida Operations, an FPI [emphasis added] partner."


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