The number of uninsured children in Florida dropped by more than 160,000 from 2008 to 2010, in part because the sagging economy made families eligible for Medicaid, according to Kaiser Health News via the News Service of Florida. Florida led the nation in reducing the number of uninsured children during the period, with the state total dropping to 506,934. The Kaiser story was based on a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Along with more families becoming eligible for Medicaid, a Georgetown official said Florida has reduced barriers to children being enrolled in KidCare, a government-subsidized insurance program targeted at families that make too much money for Medicaid but might not be able to afford private coverage.
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