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340,000 Children In Florida At Risk Of Losing Health Care

An infant recieves a shot from a doctor

Last week, Georgetown University released two studies relating to children’s health insurance. One was to announce the nationwide rate of uninsured children has reached an historic low. The other was to point out that Florida’s rate of uninsured children is higher than the national average.

Now, that rate is at risk of climbing even higher when the federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expires on Sept. 30.

The executive director of Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, Joan Alker, joins Gulf Coast Live to talk about the failed Graham-Cassidy bill.

She also discusses what the future holds for the 340,000 children enrolled in CHIP in Florida — and the 9 million enrolled across the country.

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.