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Lawful Immigrant Children Will Soon Be Eligible For Coverage

Thousands of children of legal immigrants will be closer to obtaining subsidized health insurance this summer, after the Legislature passed a long-debated expansion of the state’s KidCare program.

Until this year, children of legal immigrants were technically eligible for KidCare — the low-cost federal-state health insurance program — but had to wait five years to actually start receiving services.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the state budget into law. Contained in an accompanying bill (HB 5101) was language eliminating the five-year wait.

As a result, more than 17,000 Floridians under age 19 will be eligible for coverage starting July 1, when the next state budget goes into effect.

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