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Monday, August 17, 2009


News Conference and Enrollment Fair Kicks off
Florida KidCare Back-to-School Campaign

On Saturday, August, 22nd, the greater Jackson County KidCare Coalition is bringing together Panhandle community leaders to join Florida House Representative Curtis Richardson, Rich Robleto, Executive Director of Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, Jackson County Health Department Administrator William Long, Jackson Hospital and others at a News Conference and Enrollment Fair to launch the 3rd Annual Florida KidCare Back-to-School health insurance sign-up campaign.
This is the largest event of its kind in Jackson County and is the local enrollment effort of University of South Florida’s Covering Kids and Families. The Jackson County event has special guest, local teacher Samantha Seigle, who will tell her story about how KidCare has helped her family.
At the News Conference, community leaders will discuss the need to provide health insurance to the Panhandle’s kids whose parents are either not offered health insurance through their jobs, or cannot afford the coverage that is offered. Over 500,000 Florida children are eligible to receive low-cost or free health care coverage through Florida KidCare, but are not enrolled.
After the brief News Conference, an Enrollment Fair will take place with staff on hand to assist families in applying for available health coverage programs, such as Florida KidCare. Free school supplies will be given to people applying for Florida KidCare at the Enrollment Fair while supplies last.

Who: Parents and Guardians who are looking for health insurance for their children
What: Health Insurance for Children News Conference and Enrollment Fair
Where: Jackson Hospital, Hudnall Building, 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna, FL 32446 (Conference room)
When: Saturday, August 22, 9:00-1:00pm; press conference starts at 9am; enrollment begins at 9:30am.

Coined the Florida KidCare Back-to-School Bash, this event provides a free service to parents, guardians, grandparents, and others who have school-age children from 1 year to 18 years of age needing Health Insurance. Please bring with you each child’s:

● Social Security Number
● Current or recent health insurance coverage information, if any
● Current payment of daycare or school care
● Dates of birth for everyone in the household.

These resources will be on-hand to provide information and assistance on their services:
1. Census Bureau
2. Jackson County Health Department Healthy Start
3. Department of Children and Families
4. ACHA-Brain Injury
6. Jackson County Traffic & Safety Coalition
School starts August 24th in Jackson County. Sign-up your children for the most important back-to-school item – Health Insurance!

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