A lot more CHOICES
By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV 20 News.
CHOICES provides basic medical services to the working poor. It has come under fire because despite 32- million dollars raised from sales tax revenues, there are less than 1300 people enrolled. Tuesday, Alachua County Commissioners voted to expand coverage to include many more treatment options and specialist referrals. Though the vote is expected to make the program a lot more expensive per person, doctors say many times they could be paid to diagnose a problem, but CHOICES would not pay to cover the treatment.
"One of the things we did today was to take action to look at the ordinance to make sure that it's not limiting and prevents us from providing services we told the voters in 2004 that we would provide," says Alachua County Commission Chair Rodney Long.
The vote did not come without controversy. Although he says he agreed with the changes, Commissioner Lee Pinkoson says expanding the program without a vote from county residents violates the spirit in which the CHOICES program was passed originally.
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