Health insurer Amerigroup Florida announced Tuesday that it would begin offering its Healthy Kids insurance plans in South Florida, adding Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties to its coverage area with plans effective Oct.1.
The insurer, which currently offers Medicaid managed care, long-term care and Florida Healthy Kids plans elsewhere in the state, was selected by the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation to provide services in a dozen of the most populous Florida counties.
The program offers low-cost care for Florida children ages 5 through 18 who don’t qualify for Medicaid and it has insured nearly 185,000 members in 2014, according to the most recent report from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Florida Healthy Kids currently insures 62,000 of children in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties.
The other counties chosen for coverage are Hillsborough, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Polk, Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
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Plans can cost from about $20 a month per family for the lowest-priced plans up to $140 a month per child for medical plans without financial assistance.
Follow @MHhealth for health news from South Florida and around the nation. This story was produced in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.