October 9, 2020

Number of Florida uninsured children spiked during the Trump administration, report finds [Tampa Bay Times]

Kirby Wilson writes:

"TALLAHASSEE — Florida saw the second largest increase of uninsured children in the nation during the first three years of President Donald Trump’s administration.

That’s the top line conclusion of a new study released Friday by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families. Between 2016 and 2019, 55,000 Florida children lost their coverage, wrote the report’s authors, Joan Alker and Alexandra Corcoran.


Anne Swerlick, senior policy analyst for the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], said the state could also simplify the way poorer children currently get access to care in the state. Florida families have to navigate a system which can involve any number of major state entities: the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health, the Agency for Health Care Administration and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation are all partners in the state’s Florida KidCare program."


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