Ringing In the New Year With Coverage


Disclosure: I’m a Florida KidCare ambassador. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I’m ready to ring in the new year, good people. Is it me or has this just been a draining year?! Zora Neale Hurston once said, “There are years that ask question and years that answer.” This was definitely a year of questions!

I feel like the question this year was: BUT, WHY?!

As I look back and reflect, I’m grateful for so much. My health for one. Surgery in June meant that my entire summer had to be remapped, plans canceled, travel postponed. But this is what has to be done, right?

The Frog Princess’s health is the other. We have made it through one more year (knock on wood) without another febrile seizure and I am hopeful that, even though we are to the right of the bell curve when it comes to the age when these things stop, that we’ve reached the end.

I still remember that first one. And the 2nd. The 3rd one, she cut her lip when she fell. We were in my mother’s house and afterward, rushed her to the hospital. The folks at the hospital are always amazing. They let our pediatrician know and took great care of us while we were there.

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That 3rd time, baby girl was covered by Florida KidCare. I have had private insurance, employer-based insurance and Florida KidCare. I can say that the quality of care has never changed. She has seen the same doctor since she was 4 days old, we’ve seen specialists and had our trips to the E.R. without a problem. I’m going to be super duper honest with you, I think I prefer the Frog Princess on Florida KidCare. As I go through and prepare my paperwork for tax season I’m seeing that when I add up all the medical costs (deductible, co-pays, ER visits, urgent care charges, prescriptions, etc.), I was better off when I had her on Florida KidCare.

If the quality of care doesn’t change, if I can keep my same doctors (which is the case most times) and if I can pay less for health insurance, why not?!

Seriously, I’m considering running the numbers now to see what this looks like. My open enrollment period isn’t until the Spring but that’s okay because enrollment can happen all year long with Florida KidCare. And applying is easy peasy lemon squeezy. You can apply online or give them a ring at 1-888-540-KIDS (5437).

Even if Florida KidCare isn’t for you, please spread the word about this program! It’s important to get all kids insured and healthy!