United Way Priority Agenda Issue: Expand KidCare Eligibility
Florida has the third highest percentage (11.9%) and the second-highest total number (475,000) of uninsured children in the country. SB 704 and HB 4023 amend Florida's KidCare law to allow legally residing immigrant children to get into the program without having to wait five years. CS/SB 548 and CS/HB 689 would allow children to be presumptively eligible for the program so they don't have to wait to get health care. Unfortunately these bills have been stalled in committees and seem unlikely to pass this session. Read more.
Early Learning Bill Passes House, Heads to Senate
Last Tuesday, the House Education Committee passed its major early learning bill, HB 7165
. The Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee will amend its early learning bill CS/SB 1722
to mirror the House language and pass it this week. Conceived as 'part one' of a multi-year reform of Florida's early learning system, it addresses House Education Committee Chair Marlene O'Toole's top priorities for the system: accountability, transparency, governance and fraud. Read more