BUSH SIGNS KIDCARE BILL - Mitch Perry03/11/04
Bush signs KidCare bill
Governor Jeb Bush has signed a bill
providing enough money to remove more than 90-thousand children from
a subsidized health insurance waiting list.
Under the bill, nearly 25-point-3 (m) million dollars from state
and federal coffers will be directed to the popular KidCare
program. It allows families with low incomes to buy cheap health
insurance for their children.
The bill also tightens how families get into the program. One
change would prevent many families from enrolling if they can
obtain private insurance through an employer for less than five
percent of their income. Another change would require more proof of
income before parents can enroll.
Democrats and some children's advocacy groups have railed
against the bill's passage, saying they disapprove of both the
eligibility-requirement changes and the possibility that coverage
may eventually be denied.
Miami Dade County Mayor Alex Pinellas, who has worked on childrens issues applauded allowing thousands of children to get into the KidCare Program, but he says the removing of a waiting list for other children is just 1 problem with the legislation just signed by Governor Bush (roll tape#1 o.q." on this issue")
The new money would cover those children on the KidCare waiting list through January 30th. By some estimates, more than 25-thousand children have signed up since that