UF granted $18 million to extend services for children of state’s low-income families

UF granted $18 million to extend services for children of state’s low-income families

The University of Florida’s national award-winning Pediatric Integrated Care System, Ped-I-Care, has been granted the Florida Department of Health’s contract to provide health insurance to children of low-income families with special health care needs.

The three-year $18 million contract funds coverage for children in 51 Florida counties, which include five of the eight Children’s Medical Services, or CMS, regions. This expansion more than doubles the previous number of counties served and accounts for a four-fold increase in Ped-I-Care’s geographic presence.

Coverage for the expanded areas will be fully implemented by Nov. 1.

Ped-I-Care is a health plan for special needs children, ages 1 to 19, operating under the University of Florida College of Medicine’s department of pediatrics and contracted by the Department of Health’s CMS Division. Children qualify for the program if they have a special health care need and their family’s income meets the criteria established by the state.

Find out more by clicking here: http://news.ufl.edu/2013/09/03/uf-granted-18-million/