Children’s Movement of Florida

The Children’s Movement of Florida is a citizen-led, non-partisan organization formed to organize and educate parents, people of the state, political, business, and civic leaders about making the well-being and education of Florida’s children the highest priority of government, business, non-profit institutions and families. See below for more information about the Children’s Movement of Florida’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • The Children’s Movement of Florida Highlighted in Associated Press Article

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    FL: The Children’s Movement of Florida was highlighted in an Associated Press article about its advocacy efforts on behalf of children. The organization is strongly supporting a bill that would remove a five-year waiting period for health insurance for Floridian children in immigrant families with incomes up to twice the poverty level, which was eliminated at the federal level in 2009. The bill has not yet reached the floor of either the state Senate or the House, but is estimated to cover over 25,000 children. Vance Aloupis, director of the Children’s Movement of Florida, stated, “[e]very year we drag our feet, a child get a year older.”

  • KidCare Failed to Pass Florida’s 2014 Legislature

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    FL:  Vance Aloupis, statewide director for the Children’s Movement of Florida, and Karen Woodall, executive director for the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, were quoted by CBSMiami/News Service of Florida regarding the 2014 Florida legislature’s failure to pass the KidCare bill.  Aloupis stated, “I don’t understand why, in a year when we have a . . . surplus (of more than $1 billion), we can’t spend more on what we know is foundational for children.”  Woodall added that the KidCare’s failure to pass “was a huge, unnecessary disappointment.” 
  • KidsWell FL Advocates for KidCare Proposal

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    FL: Vance Aloupis, statewide director for The Children's Movement of Florida, was quoted in the Bradenton  Herald supporting a bill that would eliminate the KidCare five-year waiting period for low-income, legal immigrant children.  Aloupis stated, “It should be unacceptable to all of us that any child in Florida is without health insurance.”

  • Webinar Alert! KidsWell Florida's Highlighting Children's Access to Coverage!

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    FL: The Children’s Movement of Florida plans to hold a series of five webinars in January and February 2013 focusing on The Movement’s key issues, including children’s access to coverage, early education, the importance of parenting programs, early intervention and prevention for children with special needs, the importance of mentoring, and a legislative wrap-up.
  • KidsWell Florida Partners Submitted a Letter to the Department of Children and Families Objecting to a new Florida ACCESS Policy

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    FL: Florida CHAIN, in collaboration with Covering Kids and Families, The Children’s Movement of Florida, The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy and Florida Legal Services, submitted a letter to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to express objections to a new Florida ACCESS policy that would suspend a beneficiary’s eligibility for Medicaid should correspondence sent to the recipient be returned undeliverable. In response to these advocacy efforts, DCF has since discontinued the policy.
  • CMF Issued High Level Overview of 2012 Legislative Session

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    David Lawrence, Chair of the Children’s Movement of Florida (CMF), issued an email providing a high level overview of the Florida 2012 legislative session, which included the passage of legislation that provided additional funding to cover more children though KidCare insurance slots and legislation that will expand KidCare eligibility for state employees’ children.

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