Nemours, a company that provides medical care for children, says its new universal health benefit program for employees’ children cost $180 per child per month during the first full year of operation.

Nemours, Jacksonville, Fla., owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and major children’s specialty centers in Delaware, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In 2005, Nemours started providing free comprehensive health coverage for all children ages 0 to 18 of all eligible full-time employees.

Children who use in-network providers get care with no deductibles, co-payments or prescription costs.

The total cost of the program for 2005 was about $6.4 million for the 3,364 children enrolled, according to Nemours.

The program accounted for about 24% of Nemours’ total employee health benefit costs.

Nemours has 4,285 employees.