THE COMING CRISIS IN HEALTH CARE FOR THE WORKING POOR IN POLK COUNTY02/25/04
The Polk County Commission is sun setting a fund that helps the county's working poor obtain health care. About 40% of Polk residents have no health insurance and more than half of these people are in families with at least one full-time wage-earner. Polk County residents will decide in a few weeks whether to raise the sales tax by a half cent to create an indigent health care fund. Our guests were Katherine Price of Citizen's for Quality Health Care (863-965-1439) and Dr. Rosemarie Santora-Lamm on the faculty of USF Lakeland Department of Aging Studies. Dr. Santora-Lamm recently completed a quality of life study in Polk County. They discussed the consequences of ending the indigent health care fund in Polk County.