ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – During the month of August, the Alachua County Health Department is promoting Florida KidCare, the state health insurance program for uninsured children under age 19. Displays have been set up for residents to complete applications with available staff assistance at the Alachua County Health Department (224 S.E. 24th St., Gainesville) and the Health Department satellite clinics in the cities of Alachua (15530 N.W. US Highway 441) and High Springs (245 N.W. 2nd St.). The Health Department will also be on hand to assist citizens at the back-to-school event being held at the O'Connell Center on August 16, 2008, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Some of the services Florida KidCare covers are doctor visits, check-ups, shots, hospital visits, surgery, prescriptions, emergencies, vision, hearing, dental, and mental health.
There are several ways to apply for Florida KidCare:
KidCare information has been disseminated to local medical providers, pre-K programs and Head Start. The School Board of Alachua County will mail information to the home of each student. The Health Department coordinates with the Florida Department of Children and Families on any applicants encountering problems.
The goal of the Alachua County Health Department is to promote, protect, maintain and improve health and safety of all the citizens and visitors.
For more information, please visit www.floridakidcare.org
call Florida KidCare at 1-888-540-5437, or call the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7900.