The University of Florida’s Pediatric Integrated Care (or Ped-I- Care program) has received an $18 million contract to provide health insurance to children with complex medical needs in 51 of Florida’s 67 counties. The three-year Florida Department of Health grant more than doubles the number of counties the Ped-I-Care program has served since 2003. The contract takes effect Nov. 1, when an anticipated 15,000 new children will qualify for Ped-I- Care services. The children come from families who are between 100 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level and don’t qualify for Medicaid. The children have multiple medical conditions that are often chronic or serious.
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