The State of Florida Department of Children and Families released its changes to current need standards based on the 2013 Federal Poverty Level Changes and Updated Consolidated Need Standards conducted by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
For 2013, the national poverty guideline level for a family of four is $23,550.
These changes, set to become effective April 1, affect the current need standards for Medicaid , Medicare and Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), as well as eligibility for KidCare and other programs.
In recognition of Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, the Duval County Health Department will be hosting a free premiere of the film, “You Don’t Live On My Street” at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s downtown campus auditorium March 22.
The film, written and produced by Dr. Rebera Foston is about a woman’s journey for respect as a new therapist at an academy for troubled teens. The film is based on a poem Dr. Foston wrote with the same title.
The film’s premiere is presented by Every Woman Southeast and Peer Education for the Soul. For more information and to see the movie trailer, visit the event website.
Three years ago, Cribs for Kids, a national infant safe sleep initiative created a petition in response to the number of advertisements featuring babies in unsafe sleep positions.
The petition, still active today, targets large advertising oversight agencies in hopes to educate advertisers on the importance of depicting a baby in a safe sleep environment and to promote safe sleep.
SIDS and other sleep-related deaths are a leading cause of post-neonatal mortality in Northeast Florida.
In 2007, the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition in collaboration with community partners launched an awareness and education campaign called the Safe Sleep Partnership to reduce the number of sleep-related deaths in the area.
Cribs for Kids provides educational material on safe sleep and portable cribs to families that cannot afford a safe place for their baby to sleep. There are two chapters of Cribs for Kids in North Florida, the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of North Florida and Healthy Families St. Johns. For more information on Cribs for Kids visit the website here.
In a move that promises to significantly expand access to health care for women of childbearing age, Governor Rick Scott agreed to extend Medicaid benefits to more than 900,000 Florida residents as part of the state’s plan to implement the Affordable Care Act. The proposal will be considered by the state Legislature in the upcoming session. Scott wants to implement the expansion for the next three years while the federal government is picking up the costs.
Women age 15-44 years old have the highest uninsured rates in the state. Nearly one-third of women who gave birth in 2010 had no health care coverage prior to their pregnancy.
The state Medicaid program pays for nearly half of all births in the state. Currently, Medicaid provides coverage for uninsured pregnant women with incomes up to 185% of the federal poverty level. Benefits, however, end 60 days following delivery except for family planning services which are offered under a special state waiver slated to end in 2014. Expanded Medicaid benefits for pregnant women have significantly improved access to prenatal care, increasing the chances of a healthy birth and reducing the need for costly NICU care.
A growing body of evidence, however, suggests access to care during pregnancy is important but not sufficient for improving the health of mothers and babies. Poor maternal health before pregnancy has been linked to prematurity and low-birthweight, particularly among African Americans. Maternal health issues prior to pregnancy is consistently the factor most frequently identified in Fetal and Infant Mortality Reviews (FIMR) conducted by the Coalition. Improved preconception health is a priority focus of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a key strategy implemented by the Magnolia Project to address health disparities.
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