Leon County is one step closer to a plan with the potential to help thousands of people without medical insurance.
County commissioners voted six to one to hire a consultant to come up with a plan of services for the nearly 19,000 uninsured residents in the county. The primary health care board is recommending a half-cent sales tax to generate up to $18 million a year to help pay for the plan.
Ida Smith, who supports the Comprehensive Health Plan, says, "If they come up with a solution to help those people, with team, if they can get that comprehensive plan study done so everybody who can't afford insurance can get it, it would be so much better."
The health care board recommends the plan include mental health, adult dental care and hospital services, an expansion of the current primary care already in effect.