Chiles Unveils Children's Health Plan

By Saunders, Jim | The Florida Times Union, January 8, 1998 | Go to article overview

Chiles Unveils Children's Health Plan


Saunders, Jim, The Florida Times Union


TALLAHASSEE -- Tapping into Florida's $11.3 billion settlement

with the tobacco industry, Gov. Lawton Chiles unveiled a plan

yesterday to provide health insurance to nearly 300,000

uninsured children in Florida.

The plan, which likely will become a major issue during this

spring's legislative session, could help thousands of children

in Northeast Florida.

In Jacksonville, estimates of uninsured children range from

about 15,000 to 20,000 -- though it's unclear how many of those

children would qualify under Chiles' proposal. Many of the

children are in families where parents work low-wage jobs, said

Jeff Goldhagen, director of the Duval County Health Department.

"It is a major problem for the working poor and/or those people

who are working and don't have access to health-care benefits,"

said Goldhagen, who estimated the city's number of uninsured

children at 20,000.

Chiles, who has repeatedly pushed for child health-care

programs, called the $419 million plan a "historic opportunity."

The state would use about $103 million from the tobacco

settlement, with most of the rest of the money coming from the

federal government.

"For decades, Florida has lagged behind other states in caring

for our kids," Chiles said.

The proposal would expand the number of children eligible for

Medicaid, the government program that provides health services

to low-income families. At the same time, it would expand

Florida's Healthy Kids program, which works with private

insurers to offer insurance to working families.

Medicaid and Healthy Kids now serve about 800,000 children in

Florida. Even if Chiles' plan is put in place, however, an

estimated 500,000 children would remain uninsured, according to

the Governor's Office.

"This is a teensy step forward," said Budd Bell, a social

services lobbyist.

Chiles' plan could be a key issue during this year's

legislative session as lawmakers grapple with how to spend money

from the tobacco settlement. The settlement stemmed from a

lawsuit in which the state sought to recover money it has spent

treating smoking-related illnesses.

Sen. Bill Bankhead, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, said he thinks

legislators will pass a plan to provide health care to more

uninsured children. But Bankhead, who is one of the Senate's top

experts on health and social-service issues, said he has

concerns about Chiles' proposal.

Among other things, Bankhead said he would like to see eligible

families be able to choose between private insurance companies,

creating more competition. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Chiles Unveils Children's Health Plan
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.