Florida Covering Kids & Families (FL-CKF) is the lead entity for a Cooperative Agreement with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide Navigator services throughout Florida. FL-CKF is a community and consumer-focused non-profit 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.
FL-CKF, a current Navigator awardee as well as an awardee for the first and second Cooperative Agreement periods, along with its statewide coalition, has been vital to implementing outreach and fostering communication among all those concerned with health insurance coverage.
FL-CKF’s reputation as an effective, consistent and reliable partner is evidenced by the trust placed in it by Florida state agency partners.
FL-CKF reaches consumers through partner organizations, and collaborates with hundreds of organizations, many of which provide direct service to thousands of health care consumers. FL-CKF and its consortium of partners focus 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 giving interviews in various languages.
FL-CKF is frequently called upon as an expert in health coverage and health literacy for its ability to reach out to diverse audiences and educate consumers about health coverage and utilization including those under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicaid. Since its inception, FL-CKF has produced enrollment assistance toolkits, online fact sheets, policy briefs, blogs, and articles, as well as conducted webinars and in-person educational trainings on health care coverage in Medicaid, CHIP, and the ACA.
FL-CKF and its consortium partners are instrumental in bringing together state and local partners to develop and implement strategies to address often disruptive changes in policy. Additionally, FL-CKF has three times been the recipient of Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) grant, receiving funding totaling almost $3,000,000 over a six-year performance period. As a direct result of this funding, 24,144 uninsured children have received one-on-one enrollment assistance. These efforts were recognized by HHS with an Enrollment in Children’s Health Outreach Honor in 2011.