UPDATED: Florida KidCare bills filed in the legislature

UPDATED 2/23: SB1294 has passed the Senate Health Regulation Committee. It will move to either the Budget Subcommittee for Health and Human Services or directly to the Senate Budget Committee. Visit Florida CHAIN for more information.

Several bills that would allow more children to access Florida KidCare are making their way through the legislature.

HB 849, sponsored by Rep. Elaine Schwartz (D) would allow uninsured children of state employees to be covered under KidCare. The bill was referred to the Health & Human Services Access Subcommittee on December 21 but has not been heard yet.

It’s Senate companion bill (SB510) has already passed the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations and the Health Regulations Committee with strong bipartisan support. It is now in the Budget Committee.

SB 1294, sponsored by Sen. Rene Garcia (R) would delete a provision preventing children who do not meet the definition of a qualified alien from participating in the program. The bill is currently in the Senate Health Regulation Committee.

For more information on health care access in Florida, visit Florida CHAIN.