This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Florida KidCare. However, the opinions and text are all mine and views expressed do not necessarily represent those of Florida KidCare.

Kids enjoying the pool

How is it that we are already in August? The summer has flown by so fast and as we prepare for our kiddos going back to school, I am sure we all have a long checklist of what needs to get done before the first day of school. I know I do (and haven’t even put a dent in it yet). While clothing, shoes and school supplies are the obvious necessities, there is another one that should not only be on the list but be high on it…health and dental insurance for your child(ren).

Not the necessity you were expecting me to share huh?

Kiddos at school - Florida Kid Care

As they head back to school, where there are germs and physical activities for them to participate in, it is especially important that your child has health and dental insurance. Unfortunately, as this new school year approaches, there are a lot of kids not currently covered. Actually, there are 283,000 children in Florida are currently living without health and dental insurance when 172,000 of them are eligible for free or low-cost coverage through Florida KidCare.

10 Things you should know about Florida KidCare

  1. Your child (from birth through the end of age 18) is eligible for Florida KidCare even if one or both parents are working.
  2. Legally residing immigrant children are eligible for coverage with Florida KidCare and parent immigration status will never be asked.
  3. Enrollment is open year-round, but the time to apply is always now.
  4. There is no application fee.
  5. Florida KidCare offers health, dental, vision and preventive care, just to name a few.
  6. Full-pay options are available to families that do not qualify for free or subsidized health insurance.
  7. With Florida KidCare, you may be able to keep your pediatrician.
  8. 9 out of 10 parents are happy with the services provided by Florida KidCare.
  9. 90% of parents say enrolling was simple and quick.
  10. Most families pay nothing at all, and many pay as little as $15 or $20 a month for their household of children.

If you don’t currently have health and dental insurance for your child(ren) be sure to add it to your list of things to do before they start this school year. For more information or to get started, you can click here and you’ll be taken directly to the Florida KidCare website.