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Florida KidCare

Florida KidCare

Florida KidCare is Florida’s children’s health insurance program for uninsured children under age 19. It is made up of four parts: MediKids, Healthy Kids, the Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Network for children with special health care needs and Medicaid for children. Visit the Florida KidCare program website at For additional information or if you have questions about your application, you can call the Florida KidCare program toll-free at 1-888-540-5437.

Prescription Drugs

Information about the Florida Discount Drug Card is available online at or by calling 1-866-341-8894.

Another option is the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying individuals with low or no cost prescription aid. You can contact them on the internet at.

Large Medical Bills

If you have large medical bills you are unable to pay off quickly, ask the hospital, doctor, or other type of health care provider if you can set up a payment plan. Even if you have already been told that the monthly amount you can pay is not enough, you may want to call for an appointment to sit down and again discuss the situation. You might also want to ask if they have a program available to help uninsured individuals or if they know of such a program in your local community.

In addition, you might want to contact the Consumer Credit Counseling Service. This is a nonprofit, United Way supported organization that helps people deal with debt. They don’t help pay off debt, but they provide financial counseling and educational services for handling debt. For more information call their toll-free number (800) 984-0977, or to view their website click Ask them about the types of services they offer and if there are fees.

You can also try calling the phone number 211. This is a community referral service that lists various programs in a community that serve people in need. Ask them if there are groups or organizations in your community that help with large medical bills. The 211 phone number is slowly being introduced throughout Florida. Some communities already have it operating while some are still waiting to put it into operation. You can also view the website for the Florida Alliance for Information and Referral Services at

Eligibility Requirements for State Welfare Program

Eligibility Requirements for State Welfare Program


Federally funded and governed US welfare began in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. The US government responded to the overwhelming number of families and individuals in need of aid by creating a welfare program that would give assistance to those who had little or no income.

The US welfare system stayed in the hands of the federal government for the next sixty-one years. Many Americans were unhappy with the welfare system, claiming that individuals were abusing the welfare program by not applying for jobs, having more children just to get more aid, and staying unmarried so as to qualify for greater benefits. Welfare system reform became a hot topic in the 1990’s. Bill Clinton was elected as President with the intention of reforming the federally run US Welfare program. In 1996 the Republican Congress passed a reform law signed by President Clinton that gave the control of the welfare system back to the states.

The Federal government provides assistance through TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). TANF is a grant given to each state to run their own welfare program. To help overcome the former problem of unemployment due to reliance on the welfare system, the TANF grant requires that all recipients of welfare aid must find work within two years of receiving aid, including single parents who are required to work at least 30 hours per week opposed to 35 or 55 required by two parent families. Failure to comply with work requirements could result in loss of benefits.



Program Description

The Food Assistance Program helps ensure that eligible low-income families and individuals are able to obtain a nutritious diet. Food Assistance benefits are intended to supplement other household income and may only be used to purchase food. Other household items such as cleaning supplies, paper goods, clothes, alcohol or tobacco products may not be purchased with Food Assistance.

Food Assistance recipients are able to purchase their food by using an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. This card may be used at any retail store authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The amount of benefits received is based on the household size and financial circumstances.

All individuals who purchase and prepare food together are considered a family group for Food Assistance purposes and must have their eligibility determined together.

To be eligible for Food Assistance family groups must have income and assets below the program standards. After adding all the family groups gross income, the case manager will make deductions to the family groups income. These deductions may include, but are not limited to, shelter (rent, mortgage or utilities), childcare or medical expenses.

Other technical factors must be met for a family to be eligible for Food Assistance. These technical factors may include:

  1. Work registration, having a job or looking for work
  2. Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement
  3. Citizenship or an eligible non-citizen status with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and
  4. Florida residency