TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (News Service of Florida) — The economic upheaval that has left hundreds of thousands of Floridians without jobs might also upend health insurance for children in working families.
There is a growing fear that families dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot qualify for low-cost children’s health coverage offered in-state programs yet may not easily transition to Medicaid, the safety-net program for poor, elderly and disabled people.
“We are hearing from people who have always had stable health insurance and a good income,” Jodi Ray, director of Florida Covering Kids and Families at the University of South Florida, told The News Service of Florida. “Now, all of a sudden, they have to apply and they are trying to fill out Medicaid applications and they don’t know what they are doing. They have never had to go through this.”