More Florida children will soon have easier access to state-subsidized health insurance.
Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill Tuesday that shortens the time families must wait before switching to KidCare after losing private coverage. It also allows a family that had KidCare dropped for failure to pay to get back into the system more quickly.
Florida KidCare includes the Healthy Kids program, which subsidizes insurance for low-income families through state and federal funds.
Nearly 176,000 children are enrolled in Healthy Kids, which subsidizes the cost of health insurance to families who make up to 200 percent of the federal poverty limit. That's $44,000 a year for a family of four.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.