December 1, 2021

Latest child well-being survey shows pandemic instability among families

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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