Sumner Regional Medical Center stands to gain $850,000 a year with Medicaid expansion

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Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 224 weeks ago Brownback and his back room cronies would just as soon see people die than pass anything that has Obama in it. Shows you the hate the republiecons have in their souls. Just remember, the only way to deal with people like this is thru the ballot box. Don’t believe the change in them during a election year, they will say one thing but as shown in many past elections, once elected, it’s back to the same song and dance. But you people elected them now live with the consequences. Report Reply 0 replies · active 224 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down JP Buellesfeld · 224 weeks ago 19 US States have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The governors of those 19 US States were adamantly opposed to Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The meeting was a very a positive step for Sumner Regional Medical Center and the speakers last night were very impressive based on this story. I think it is reasonable to assume It has no chance to happen without Governor Brownback and his full support for Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Governor Brownback was extremely clear recently. He will not even consider the expansion of the Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. I would assume that expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care act is unlikely till at least Jan 2019. Report Reply 0 replies · active 224 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down Farmer · 224 weeks ago Maybe Anderson and Deschaine should just move to Havana as that is where their type of medicine is practiced. Socialism has been tried in many places in the world and has failed everywhere it has been tried. Margaret Thatcher said it best about Mr. Anderson and Deschainses philosophy. “The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money”. Report Reply 2 replies · active 224 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 224 weeks ago Farmer. It is not increased government by taking money that is sitting right there on the table for us to receive. It’s like someone placing $850,000 on a table and saying, “this is yours,” and you saying, I won’t take it because I hate Obama.” In the meantime you go broke. And no farmer should ever scream about socialism. Is there an industry out there that depends on governmental subsidies more than farming? Report Reply 2 replies · active 224 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Jim · 224 weeks ago Like placing $850,000 on the table and saying “this is yours,” and it will mean that we have your soul for the rest of eternity, because you can not live without us and we with tell you what to do next because you have lost your freedom. If 4 Doctors and 1 administrator worked for $7.25 an hour, that should get you close every year. Report Reply 0 replies · active 224 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Jim · 224 weeks ago Who is Lucus? Report Reply 0 replies · active 224 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down southside resident · 224 weeks ago It seems to me that it is incorrect and even harmful James Jordan for you to call what the speakers were talking about as straight Affordable Care Act or what people with hate in their hearts call Obama Care. The term Obama Care is derisive. Those that hate the ACA that attempts to help insure the uninsured named it that. Your frequently naming it that can only help elicit a continued hateful response to the Bridge To A Healthy Kansas. This program is our tax money returning to the state to expand Medicaid or KanCare for people that cannot qualify for the ACA because they do not have the income level. Yes, it is a byproduct of the implementation of the ACA. I understand it is the money for Medicaid expansion that became available because hospitals would no longer receive compensation for care to people that had no insurance and could not pay. The hospitals got that money instead of having to eat it as they are doing now and that is why the Bridge To A Healthy Kansas (Medicaid Expansion ) would help SRMC and other hospitals. I challenge you to correct your column and report factually. The ACA is not perfect and has had/has it’s problems but it was the best that could be worked out with all the obstruction in our Congress. I hope Cue you allow this statement or make a statement of your own as the facts in the story were not accurate. Report Reply 0 replies · active 224 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Jim · 224 weeks ago Medicare is an insurance program. Medical bills are paid from trust funds which those covered have paid into by payroll deductions. It serves people over 65 primarily, whatever their income; and serves younger disabled people and dialysis patients. Patients pay part of costs through deductibles for hospital and other costs. Small monthly premiums are required for non-hospital coverage. Medicare is a federal program. It is basically the same everywhere in the United States and is run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the federal government. Medicaid is an assistance program that comes from welfare federal budgeting. It serves low-income people of every age. Patients usually pay no part of costs for covered medical expenses. A small co-payment is sometimes required. Medicaid is a federal-state program. It varies from state to state. It is run by state and local governments within federal guidelines. The Medicaid program is jointly funded by the federal government and states. The federal government pays states for a specified percentage of program expenditures, called the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). Kansas is currently about 56% from the Federal Government and 64% from State funds. FMAP varies by state based on criteria such as per capita income. The regular average state FMAP is 57%, but ranges from 50% in wealthier states up to 75% in states with lower per capita incomes (the maximum regular FMAP is 82 %). FMAPs are adjusted for each state on a three-year cycle to account for fluctuations in the economy. The FMAP is published annually in the Federal Register. SO we do not ALL PAY INTO MEDICAID unless we pay federal and state income taxes, which not all people do. SO WE DO NOT ALL PAY into MEDICARE unless we have a JOB and have social security and medicare deductions. Report Reply 1 reply · active 224 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Wellington is struggling like many rural hospitals and stands to gain $850,000 per year if the state were to get on board with Obamacare.The hospital association plans to hold meetings around the state to educate the public on the benefits of expanding medicaid.They have a bill aimed at doing the expansion in a way that would not cost a lot of money, and answers the questions of those opposed, said Jessica Lucas, consultant for the Kansas Hospital Association.Kansas governor Sam Brownback, along with the conservative Republican controlled legislature have opposed the move strongly and have refused to even give it a hearing. There are still 19 states that have not approved the expansion, while 31 have.Larry AndersonWellington physician Larry Anderson told the 20 or so people gathered at the Wellington Recreation Center Monday that the United States has the best medical system in the world, but one of the worst delivery systems. He noted that every other industrialized nation in the world has what is derisively called socialized medicine.“Our system doesn’t work and it is ruining our economy,” he said.With passion Anderson said we have a moral responsibility to provide health care to those that cannot afford it. He quoted the Bible, noting Jesus told Peter to “feed his sheep” three times.Anderson also explained how providing basic health care makes sense financially and saves money in the long run.He cited the example of a 55-year-old man, who had no insurance, but had high blood pressure. Eventually, he had a stroke, and is now in a nursing home and on disability and the state is picking up a $80,000 tab. Had he received high blood pressure medicine through insurance, he probably would not have had the stroke, and would still be paying taxes as a working citizen.Anderson talked about the “working poor,” those that have a job, or even two jobs, but are not able to afford insurance. These are the people Obamacare would help, he said.Anderson said expanding Medicaid is a way to get the working poor into the system, and to get them health care.He said it is the right and moral thing to do and also makes financial sense.Jessica LucasLucas is a native of Sumner County and she said the expansion of medicaid would affect about 150,000 people in the state, who are working but can’t afford insurance.Lucas also explained that we all pay taxes into the system. Taxes used to support Obamacare now were paid last year by all citizens, for example. This means Kansas residents are paying to subsidize insurance for people in other states, and Kansas is getting no benefit because the legislature is refusing to act.Opponents have pointed to cuts in federal dollars, but Lucas explained that this is not really true.Before Obamacare, hospitals were reimbursed for health care they gave to people who could not afford to pay. It is true that those funds were cut. However, the intent was that those people would get insurance through Obamacare, and that money would then go to the hospitals.“The idea was to take away those dollars and give it to the hospitals through insurance.” she said.It is true that people can go to the emergency room and get care if they cannot afford to pay.Lucas said the idea is to get people insurance to get them preventative care before they get so sick the emergency room is the only option left.Another argument against expansion has been that it would break the state budget.Lucas again explained this is not true, and she noted there is a bill being proposed that would be revenue neutral.While health care costs are rising everywhere, she pointed to numbers that showed states that have approved expansion of Medicaid have seen costs go up slower than those that have not.Terry DeschaineHospital board member Terry Deschaine said Wellington is still on the list of hospitals that are in danger of closing, and the expansion of Medicaid itself would not save the hospital, but it would be a great help. He said the hospital is headed in the right direction and things are looking better, but he said it is still struggling.Deschaine said the issue is political.“We can’t even get the governor to discuss it just because they don’t like Obama,” Deschaine said. “That is it. It doesn’t matter what we say. All of the objections to medicare expansion are just because they don’t like Obama or Obamacare.”Deschaine and Anderson also talked about the recent Legislative Breakfast forum held in Wellington, where questions about Medicaid expansion came up.They both said they felt talked down to by legislators Kasha Kelley an Kyle Hofman, as well as State Sen. Steve Abrams. They felt they were not listening.One of them noted that Kelley said she believes there are enough votes to pass expansion, and that is the reason it will not be allowed to come up or a vote. She believes it would be bad for the state in the long run.They suggested people contact their legislators and let them know how you feel about the issue.The legislators have been on break and return to Topeka in a few days.  There is not a lot of time left this session, and not real likely the issue would get a vote.Still, Lucas said it is important to keep talking about the issue.Anderson noted 76 percent of Kansas residents want it expanded, according to some polls.He said if they are not even willing to consider it, they are not representing the people who elected them.Follow us on Twitter.last_img