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State/Federally Funded Insurance Programs

The following low-cost insurance programs are available to uninsured children and adults who qualify.

Click on each program's name to obtain more information about eligibility and registration. Also, ask insurance carriers in your county if they offer low-cost coverage for young adults.

Florida Department of Elder Affairs
With such a large population of senior and retired citizens in Florida, the Department of Elder Affairs is the primary state agency that administers programs aimed at benefiting this population segment. As part of its mission, the agency promotes well-being and helps Medicare beneficiaries stay in their homes and communities. The Department of Elder Affairs offers health-related programs, services, publications, and reports, as well as information about other helpful elder agencies within the state.

Florida KidCare
Florida KidCare is the umbrella brand for the four government-sponsored health insurance programs – Medicaid, MediKids, Florida Healthy Kids and the Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan – that together provide a seamless continuum of coverage for Florida children from birth through the end of age 18.

Florida Medicaid
Medicaid is the medical assistance program that provides access to health care for low-income families and individuals. Medicaid also assists the elderly and people with disabilities with the costs of nursing facility care and other medical and long-term care expenses.

Florida Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders
Most states have a program called SHIP (State Health Insurance Program) that helps beneficiaries and their families better understand Medicare and how it works. In Florida, this program is called SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) and is run by a network of volunteers and funded by a grant from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Insure Kids Now
Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children in Florida. These programs provide health coverage for children so that they can get routine check-ups, immunizations and dental care to keep them healthy. Even if your child has been turned down in the past or you don't know if they qualify, you may be able to get health coverage now.