Federation of Families of

Northeast Florida

There are more than 18,000 uninsured children in Duval County (Jacksonville, FL). Many of these children qualify for low-cost health insurance through the Florida KidCare program, 

The Jacksonville Children’s Commission and City of Jacksonville Health Commissioner and State Representative Mia Jones are leading the charge to implement the “Cover Jacksonville” campaign and work with community partners to bridge the gap for the uninsured.

Cover Jacksonville campaign will build on existing enrollment efforts and leverage community resources in order to reduce the number of uninsured Duval County children by 20% by December 2015. In addition, the campaign also aims to provide access to more affordable health insurance options for adults seeking coverage. Through collaborative efforts, the partners will focus on four strategies for enrollment:

What is Florida KidCare?


Florida KidCare is the State of Florida’s high-quality, low-cost health insurance for children. The program was created through Title XXI of the Social Security Act and reauthorized in 2009. Florida KidCare includes four different parts. When you apply for the insurance, Florida KidCare will check which part your child may qualify for based on age and family income.



Children ages 1 through 4.



Children ages 5 through 18.



Children birth through 18.

A child who has other health insurance may still qualify for Medicaid.

Florida KidCare provides comprehensive coverage for children 0-18. Health insurance benefits include doctor visits, immunizations, dental care, vision care, prescription medicines, hospital care, surgery and much more! More information about Florida KidCare eligibility can be found at www.floridakidcare.org or by calling toll free 1-888-540-KIDS.

To qualify for Florida KidCare, the following must be true:

  • The child is under the age of 19.
  • The child is a Florida resident.
  • Family income eligibility must be met.
  • The child must be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen.
  • The child is not eligible for Medicaid.
  • The child is not in a public institution.
  • Parents, grandparents and legal guardians can apply on behalf of their children, provided the children live with them and they are the childen's guardian.

Local application assistance is available. Call (904) 630-4754 or simply dial 211. Application assistance is free.

For more information on 
COVER JAX and Florida KidCare 
and to see if you quailify
click on link

See if you qualify for low cost health insurance, 
fill out the form below and submit it to Cover Jax
Getting Help....Preparing for the Initial Visit with a Service Provider for your child.  Typically the first step or starting point is an Initial referral or intake. This is when you and the service provider and or staff of the program find out about each other. The initial visit may be at your home, at your child's school, or at an agency office. Typically, this meeting is for the service provider to get as much information about your child and the overall situation so that they can determine what the right course of action should be. Be prepared, this meeting could last as long as 2 hours.
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