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Community Partner: Florida KidCare offers affordable health care for children


The school year looks different this year for every family in Florida. Whether your child is learning in the classroom or at home, health care coverage for them is vital. 

Florida KidCare is the state’s low-cost health and dental insurance program for kids from birth through the end of age 18.

“Florida KidCare is health insurance built to cover the needs of children as they grow from babies into young adults,” said Ashley Carr, chief marketing officer at Florida Healthy Kids Corporation. “During a year like 2020, it’s more important than ever to make sure all children have access to the doctors and medications they may need to stay healthy and happy, and for families to know that affordable insurance can be found.”

There are four programs under the Florida KidCare umbrella: Medicaid for Children, MediKids, Florida Healthy Kids and the Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan. The Children’s Medical Services program is for children with special healthcare needs.

Eligibility for the programs is based on a child’s age, family’s household size and annual income. Competitively priced full-pay options are available to families who aren’t eligible for subsidy plans. Also, children are eligible for coverage even if one or both parents already have health coverage.

For families interested in Florida KidCare, they can estimate what their monthly premium payment might be in 15 seconds or less by using the Cost Calculator.

Most families enrolled in Florida KidCare pay $15 or $20 a month for all eligible children in the household.  There are no application fee and enrollment is year-round.

For more information, go to or call (888) 540-KIDS (5437) Monday – Friday between 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET.

Step Up For Students proudly supports Bright Ideas, a STEM competition for teens

By Sherri Ackerman

Do you know a high school student who wants to change the world? Someone who loves STEM – science, technology, engineering and math? A genius in the making?

Step Up For Students is proud to support Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth, a multi-state competition that lets students dream up the coolest inventions using STEM to help make their life, community or even the world more awesome.

Bright ideasThe competition is open to students, ages 14 to 19, who participate in public, private, homeschool or virtual education options and live within any Bright House Networks service area.

Students may enter as individuals, or as part of a team of two. They will compete head-to-head in front of a television studio audience in Orlando. An expert panel of judges will choose one grand-prize winner. The big winner gets to work with a leading innovation firm to help make the invention or idea a reality.

Who knows? Maybe it really will change the world.

The U.S. will have over 1 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018; yet, according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, only 16 percent of U.S. bachelor’s degrees will specialize in STEM.

Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth is a competition that aims to inspire our youth to pursue STEM studies and careers. High school students can submit their STEM-powered ideas that tackle today’s toughest problems or would make the world a better place

Students younger than 18 need parental consent to participate. The contest requires students to write two essays describing their idea and how it relates to STEM. They also must produce a video or drawing depicting their idea. Bright House will accept submissions until Jan. 4, 2016. Please visit  Bright House Bright Ideas for contest rules and other information.

Regional finalists will be announced at late January or early February. The Grand Prize winner will be announced in March at the Finalist Pitch Event.

This is a great learning opportunity for students and one more way to help give them a chance to succeed.

Check out this year’s promotional video:

And watch the winner of last year’s competition being announced:

For more information about STEM careers, please read  this story on the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics website.