New Social Worker for NEFEC, Rural Partnership for Healthy Kids in Union County

The North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC) has partnered with the Union County School District to form the Rural Partnership for Healthy Kids, along with 8 other school districts in Northeast Florida.

Through the Partnership, Lakisha Mills is working with families to enroll and renew children from birth through age 18 in Florida KidCare insurance coverage. Florida KidCare includes Medicaid, Medikids, Healthy Kids, and Children’s Medical Services (CMS). Some of the services Florida KidCare covers are doctor visits, check-ups and shots, hospital visits, surgery, prescriptions, emergencies, vision and hearing, dental and mental.

The grant allows Mrs. Mills to aid parents and guardians throughout the enrollment process and eliminates some of the barriers that keep families from accessing health care coverage. For example, many families have misconceptions about the income requirements for state-funded insurance. With Florida KidCare, a family of four can have a gross income of over $4,000 a month and potentially qualify for a monthly premium of $20 for all the children in the household. This means working class and lower middle class homes could qualify for cheaper health insurance through Florida KidCare.

Florida KidCare may be the answer to some of the high costs of group insurance. Teachers and the self-employed are just two great example of some of the people who are having successful enrollments with Florida KidCare. There are a wide range of insurance and subsidy options, including full-pay for those who may not qualify for the lower subsidized rate. So don’t worry, Mrs. Mills can help you identify a plan that will work in your budget.

The Union County School District believes that insurance coverage provides the opportunity for a healthier child, as parents are more likely to schedule their child’s annual wellness checks and seek medical treatment when their child is ill. Routine visits can reduce time spent in the emergency room and keep parents from missing work due to their child’s illness.

For those who would like more information please contact Lakisha Mills by phone at 386-697-7192 or email at millsl@nefec.org. Mrs. Mills can meet you at a time and place that is convenient for you and will also provide access to a computer, the Internet, and a printer in order to make the process as easy as possible.

For more information about the Rural Partnership for Healthy Kids, visit the website at www.nefec.org/rphk. You may also view income guidelines for coverage by visiting www.healthykids.org/cost/subsidized/FPL2015/pdf.

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