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A Feel-Good Moment Worth Celebrating...

By David Lawrence Jr., Chair of The Children's Movement of Florida

Floridians who care deeply about our children's future have cause for optimism after the 2016 legislative session ended Friday night.

The passage of two important legislative priorities -- both championed by The Children's Movement of Florida and its partners for years -- will be game-changers for tens of thousands of children and their families.

A KidCare proposal, fought for by Rep. Jose Diaz and Sen. Rene Garcia, will remove a five-year wait period to access health insurance for lawfully residing immigrant children. Bolstered by House Speaker Steve Crisafulli's backing this year, more than 17,000 eligible children can apply for health coverage beginning in July. It'll make a big difference -- sick children don't learn as well as healthy children.

Help Me Grow, a 24-hour-a-day parent resource is in line to receive $2.45 million this year to continue to expand across the state. Sen. Anitere Flores and Rep. Erik Fresen pushed for a $573,000 increase over last year for this program, a longtime cause of The Children's Movement.

Implementing the legislation now depends on Gov. Rick Scott signing them into law. Urge him to take that final step to make these life-enhancing changes a reality. Please click here to show your support, and The Children's Movement will make sure your voice is heard in his office.

Onward.