State-funded health care website struggles

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- A state-funded health care website falls short of getting people insured, despite getting nearly a million dollars in funding.

The Florida Legislature approved $900,000 for Florida Health Choices last year. The goal of the site is to help Floridians find affordable health care funding.

It launched six months ago, but has only signed up 30 people.

Millions in Florida do not have insurance and about 800,000 fall in the coverage gap – people who can't afford health care but don't qualify for Medicaid.

State Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Jacksonville, who helped push for the funding has faith the program will pick up.

"Right now we've got discount plans and other things that are on that website that we're hopeful in our next phase, which will be in the next several months, to bring comprehensive plans," he said.

As for now, Sen. Bean says there are no plans to ask the legislature for more money.

According to its website, Florida Health Choices "was created in response to a vastly changing health care environment to help individuals and small business owners in Florida make sense of the complex health insurance system."

Find the Florida Health Choices site here.


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