Based on the age of the child, household size, and family income, we automatically match each child with their best fit of the four Florida KidCare programs. All children above the age of 1 are eligible for Florida KidCare coverage through a subsidized or full-pay program, even if one or both parents are working.
Children from birth until their first birthday are eligible for Medicaid if their household income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
To qualify for premium assistance, also known as subsidized coverage, a child must:
Lawfully residing Florida children are eligible to apply for Florida KidCare health and dental coverage. A parent’s immigration status is not required on the Florida KidCare application, nor is it ever asked.
The Florida Legislature passed a law that has helped many immigrant children who lawfully reside in Florida obtain health insurance coverage since it became effective on July 1, 2016.
Prior to this change, some non-citizen children living in Florida had to be lawfully in the United States at least five years before they qualified for health insurance through the Florida KidCare program.
Children who were previously denied Florida KidCare subsidized coverage because of the five-year waiting period need to reapply online, or by calling 1-888-540-5437.
Some children previously denied because of the five-year rule may be currently enrolled in a health plan through www.healthcare.gov. Their families can transfer to Florida KidCare by updating their information with the federal marketplace at www.healthcare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596.
If a child is enrolled through employer-based or other private coverage, they can apply at any time, however, Florida KidCare coverage will not begin until the other coverage has ended.
For more information about the legislation, please visit https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2016/5101.
Non-citizen children, up to their 19th birthday, who reside in Florida, meet the Florida KidCare income guidelines, and have the necessary documentation to prove they are lawfully present in the United States.
Please call 1-888-540-5437 to update your information and find out if your child is now eligible.
In order to transfer a child to Florida KidCare, families must update their information with the federal marketplace and receive a new eligibility assessment. Families can visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 at any time to update their information.
Parents of a child enrolled in employer-based or other private coverage can apply for Florida KidCare at any time, however, Florida KidCare coverage will not begin until the other coverage has ended.
|No Change||5-Year Wait Eliminated||Newly Eligible|
Newly Eligible - Applicant
Newly Eligible - Employment Authorization Required
Note: Column two titled “5-Year Wait Eliminated” are immigration statuses that were considered “Qualified” prior to July 1, 2016, but were subject to a waiting period. Column three titled “Newly Eligible” are groups of immigration statuses that are now potentially eligible beginning July 1, 2016, but were deemed “Non-Qualified” prior to that date regardless of length of stay in the country.
Grandchildren that live with you may be eligible for Florida KidCare. When you apply for Florida KidCare, your income will only be considered if it will help your grandchildren become eligible for one of the Florida KidCare programs. The grandchildren you are applying for must live in your home, but it does not matter how long they have lived with you. You can print a Florida KidCare application and instructions from this website, or call 1-888-540-5437 toll-free and one will be sent to you.
Florida Statute Chapter 743.0645 allows a grandparent to consent to medical care on behalf of a child: (1) after the treatment provider has made a reasonable attempt to contact the child’s parent or legal guardian and that person cannot be contacted; and (2) if the parent or legal guardian has not given the treatment provider notice that they oppose the treatment.
If you are a grandparent whose uninsured grandchild does not live with you, you can still learn about child health insurance from the state your grandchild lives in. Go to Insure Kids Now and from the drop-down menu click on the state that your grandchild resides in. You can then contact that state to have an application sent to your grandchild's parents.
Children who are members of federally recognized American Indian or Alaskan Native tribes may not be required to pay monthly premiums or co-payments once enrolled in Florida KidCare.
If your children are members of federally recognized American Indian or Alaskan Native tribes, please call 1-888-540-5437 toll-free to find out if they are eligible for free health and dental insurance coverage.
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