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Gadsden County launches insurance program to improve student health

Posted at 5:22 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 17:22:21-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. — A push to put the health of students in Gadsden County first. The county recently launched an affordable insurance program called Florida KidCare.

Employees at the school board are on a mission to make sure every student in the county is properly insured. The insurance program provides free or low cost medical care to students.

County leaders knew something needed to be done when they saw the 2019 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

The list put Gadsden County at 63 out of the 67 counties in Florida for quality of health. The ranking looks at things like the environment, the economy and care available.

Districts leaders hope to improve their ranking with the help of Florida KidCare. The program will work with each family to come up with the best pay option based on income.

Elijah Israel, Gadsden County's title one program specialist, says this resource is a must have for parents.

"Kids are kids and they are going to play and have fun and sometimes injuries can happen," said Israel. "The worst thing that could happen is your kid gets injured, and you don't have a backup plan or a plan of insurance to make sure they can be covered."

The school board recently received a grant from the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation to enhance outreach efforts to get more parents educated on all Florida KidCare has to offer.

If you are interested in Florida KidCare, you can apply at anytime by clicking here.

Some of the benefits from Florida KidCare includes coverage on doctor visits, dental, vision, hearing and surgeries, just to name a few.