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Florida Lawmakers Probably Won't Discuss KidCare During Special Session

KidCare provides low-cost health insurance to children from
low-income families.
Enrollment dropped in recent years after lawmakers changed the rules and made it harder to sign up.
Backers say the application needs to be simplified and the program expanded in order to take advantage of matching federal dollars.
"That’s the best deal going. Twenty-nine cents to 71 cents that we are leaving on the table that other states are taking," says Rep. Loranne Ausley (D-Tallahassee). "And as I’ve said, we might as well put it in a gift box and wrap it and send it to other states because that’s what we’re doing and they are covering children.”
KidCare backers we're told they could get a hearing during the special session if they agreed on a plan, but top lawmakers are now backtracking wanting to concentrate on property taxes.


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