The Future of CHOICES
The future of "choices" has been decided. Today Alachua County Commissioners voted to keep the current plan that serves about 3700 working poor residents.
Commissioners chose to use the remaining $40 million dollars raised by the county sales tax to keep the program going in it's current format until the money runs out in December 2013. A decision supported by former commissioner and chair of the advisory board Cynthia Chestnut, along with many enrollees in attendance.
But some say the current benefit structure, which includes primary care, limited dental and even exercise programs, is just too expensive. It costs around $2500 per member per year on average.
Choices Director Bob Bailey says as the program winds down, enrollment may have to be capped.
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