Thousands Of Florida Children May Not Get Eye Exams Due To Money Dispute

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The Orlando Sentinel (8/14, Santich) reported, “Thousands of Florida children may start the school year without the eye exams and glasses they need to succeed in the classroom because the state Department of Health has not released” $661,000 in funds the Legislature had “intended to go to Florida’s Vision Quest, a small nonprofit based in Orange City, according to both the charity’s founder and the chairwoman of the House Health Care Appropriations Committee.” However, “for reasons that remain unclear, the department…canceled a three-year contract it had with the charity, effective June 30, with one year left to go.” Meanwhile, on Aug. 13, “a spokesman said…the department plans to release nearly $161,000 of the funds to Vision Quest ‘no later than October,’ but that it intends to put the remaining $500,000 worth of services out to bid.”

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