County commission rejects women’s health money

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Commissioners in Ravalli County have rejected nearly $50,000 in federal funding for women’s health care.

Commission Chairman Jeff Burrows tells the Ravalli Republic ( ) that he supports most of the services provided by the family planning clinic, but was opposed to a requirement that minors be treated without parents first being notified.

The county’s family planning clinic provides birth control, annual exams, pregnancy and pap tests, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, nutrition and counseling for women on a sliding scale based on income.

The board voted 3-2 on Friday not to accept the money, which would end the clinic’s funding at the end of the month.

Burrows and Commissioner Greg Chilcot say commissioners will see if the county has funding to provide some of the services the clinic has offered.


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