KidCare Health Insurance Application Instructions
In order to start using one of the Florida KidCare insurance plan, you'll need to sign up by turning in your application. These are several ways to apply:
The fastest way to apply is through online web application, which could be found at www.healthykids.org/apply/. Application form is quite short, so it shouldn't take long for you to complete it.
Apply in Person
You can also print out your application form and turn it in at your local Department of Children and Families (DFC) customer service center. You can find application form at by clicking here. In order to find out where your local DFC service center is located, click here.
In case you don't have online access and you're unable to visit your local DFC center, you can call Florida KidCare toll-free helpline (1-888-540-5437) to request an application to be mailed to you.
Besides having properly filled out application form, you'll also need some additional documents which are used as a proof that you're eligible for one of the Florida KidCare plans. These documents are:
- Your Wage and Earning Statement (W-2 Form) or your family's most recent tax return (Form 1040).
- Your newest paystub, which covers last four weeks.
- You children's Social Security numbers.
- Proof of your Identity and Citizenship.
You should also know that some Florida KidCare programs can have limited space, so application are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. This applies to MediKids, Healthy Kids and the Children's Medical Services Network. MedicAid is always open, so this is why you might sometimes receive this type of medical insurance plan.
In case a certain insurance plan is currently closed for enrollment, you won't be able to file in your application but you might sign-up for the waiting list. You can always call 1-888-540-5437 (KidCare helpline) to get the newest information on how and when to apply.
Since Florida KidCare is created to provide a health insurance plan for your children, a child must meet to following criteria:
- Be under the age of 19.
- Be a U.S. citizen or qualified alien.
- Reside in the state of Florida.
- Meet income eligibility requirements.
- Be uninsured.
- Not be eligible for Medicaid.
- Not be in a public institution.
Income eligibility requirement depends only on the household size. These are the annual income requirements:
- Household of 1 needs total annual income of $22,430.
- Household of 2 needs total annual income of $30,260.
- Household of 3 needs total annual income of $38,180.
- For each additional member of your household, you'll need to add $7,920 to a total annual income amount.
You should be also prepared to gather documents which will prove that you fulfill each of the previously listed eligibility requirements. This means that you need the following documentation:
- To prove your age you'll need a state issued ID card, birth certificate or any other official identification document.
- To prove your citizenship status, you'll need a U.S. passport or any other official document. Non-citizen children can be still eligible even if their parents don't have official immigration status, since the Florida KidCare application does not ask about parents' status. Some examples of non-citizen children who may be eligible are: Refugees, children with lawful permanent status, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Amerasians and American Indians born outside the United States.
- To prove you annual income you'll need a bank statement for a certain period of time, your paystubs, tax returns or any other official document which will prove your annual income.