"I'm a little disappointed, but I'm not giving up," said Bob Rountree, 66, of Deerfield Beach , one of the few consumers able to tap into the website last week. "I think in the end I'm going to come out of it with a policy that's less expensive than we have now, with more coverage. But it'll take more work to get there." Rates for a Broward family of four for a "Bronze" plan that covers 60 percent of the cost of care range from $433 a month, the lowest rate in the state, to as much as $990, one of the highest in the state. In Palm Beach County , the range is $497 to $933. Those who qualify for a tax credit generally, individuals who earn up to $46,000 a year or families of four that make up to $94,200 would pay far less.
During this same time period, Washington, DC has been consumed by a government shutdown, with lawmakers and policymakers trying to determine how to rein in our countrys financial burdens and overspending. Unfortunately, as federal and state governments look to cut budgets at every turn, mental and behavioral health services are often on the chopping block first. Financial cuts, compounded with US stigma often applied to mental health troubles and disparate access to services across the county, mean that those who need services most are often those left without proper care. August though October brought DC into the spotlight for many reasons, the saddest of which is the violence that was covered by mass media as two shootings occurred.