Health care comprises a variety of critical services including the prevention and treatment of illness administered by health professionals. Quality health care is critical to ensure good health outcomes and appropriate child and adolescent development.
Florida KidCare is health insurance for Florida’s children. In order to qualify, a child must be under 18 years of age, be uninsured, meet certain income requirements, be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen, not be a dependent of a state employee eligible for health insurance, and not be in a public institution.
In Pinellas County, 7.9% of youth ages 0-4 are without health insurance, just under the overall percentage in Florida, 8.1%. In the age range 5-9, Pinellas has the largest percentage of uninsured youth compared to Florida generally and other selected counties (except for Palm Beach). In the age range 10-18, 11.3% are not insured.
Department of Health (DOH) – School Health Services Cluster Initiative
Read More About It:
National Child Health Chartbook - http://www.commissiononhealth.org/StateByStateData.aspx
Kaiser Family Foundation Report on Families Cutting Back on Healthcare Costs