New report shows Florida had large drop in uninsured children

Less of Florida’s children are going without health insurance than just three years ago, according to a new report by the Center for Children & Families at Georgetown University.

According to the report, which looked at data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the state had the largest decrease both in the number and rate of uninsured children. Florida was also one of thirteen states that saw their uninsured rate decrease by at least two percentage points.

Florida still has a higher rate of uninsured children than the national average.

Several months ago, it was reported that for the 2010-11 fiscal year that runs from July to June, the Florida KidCare program broke even. However, with the recession and depressed job market, Medicaid enrollment has increased.

The Coalition receives funding from the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, Florida Covering Kids & Families, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville and other local donors to support outreach for Florida KidCare.