Florida Covering Kids & Families (FL-CKF) is the lead entity for a Cooperative Agreement with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide Navigator services throughout Florida. FL-CKF is a community and consumer-focused nonprofit initiative of The Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies, based in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida.
A current Navigator awardee as well as an awardee for the first and second Cooperative Agreement periods along with its statewide coalition, FL-CKF has been vital to implementing outreach and fostering communication among all those concerned with health insurance coverage. FL-CKF provides administrative oversight and compliance of 11 Consortium Partner Lead Agencies, Enroll America Florida, and a statewide marketing initiative that collectively comprises Covering Florida.
Covering Florida is frequently called upon as an expert in health insurance coverage and health literacy for its ability to reach out to diverse audiences and educate consumers about health insurance coverage and utilization including options under the Affordable Care Act, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicaid. Covering Florida reaches consumers through partner organizations and collaborates with hundreds of organizations, many of which provide direct service to thousands of health care consumers.
The organization focuses largely on advocating for and increasing access to care and services via enrollment for individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals with disabilities, populations underserved in the current private health insurance market, and vulnerable populations by employing multi-lingual Navigators, producing brochures in multiple languages, conducting workshops, and providing interviews in various languages.