Area Hospitals Say Medicaid Expansion Would Reduce Costs

6 years 5 months 1 week ago Monday, April 08 2013 Apr 8, 2013 Monday, April 08, 2013 5:02:00 PM CDT April 08, 2013 in News
By: Garrett Bergquist
loading

HERMANN - Hospital administrators told KOMU 8 News Monday expanding Medicaid coverage would reduce their losses from treating uninsured patients.

Hermann Area District Hospital CEO Dan McKinney said his hospital writes off about $1 million, or 1/15 of its overall revenue, every year in charity care, which is uncompensated care resulting from treating the uninsured. He said charity care admittances at his hospital has doubled in the last decade, adding most rural areas see more instances than his does. Overall, McKinney said about 7 percent of his hospital's patients are uninsured.

Under the proposal set forth by Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, Missouri's Medicaid program, called MO HealthNet, would provide a high-deductible insurance plan to anyone between the ages of 19 and 65 with incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level. That equates to $23,550 a year for a family of four. The Department of Social Services would also solicit bids from the private sector for managed care plans. Those plans would have to cover services including emergency services, hospitalization, mental health treatment, prescription drugs, laboratory services and preventative care.

Bernard Orman, the CEO of Samaritan Hospital in Macon, said the state's 2005 Medicaid cut took about 100,000 people off Missouri's Medicaid rolls. He said a lack of insurance forces many to use emergency rooms as physicians' offices. Orman said many of these patients have jobs but cannot afford health insurance or else their deductibles are too high. He said charity care costs his hospital about $280,000 a year.

Barnes' bill calls for incentives to build urgent care clinics in or near emergency room facilities to reduce emergency room traffic. Orman said such clinics are less costly to operate than equipment-intensive emergency rooms. Both Orman and McKinney said their hospitals have considered establishing urgent care clinics in the past. Orman said Samaritan may consider urgent care clinics again, while McKinney said Hermann couldn't justify hiring the additional staff.

 

GOP Medicaid Bill

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Multiple people were trapped in elevators across MU's campus as a result of a widespread power outage Tuesday... More >>
16 minutes ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:26:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON - Police are investigating after a Walmart employee found a man dead in a car in the parking lot... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4:08:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Residents are asking for road improvements after a driver hit and killed a 17-year-old girl on Clark Lane... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:46:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:39:47 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA -MU's football attendance is showing signs of revival, following years of steady decline. The Tigers' average home attendance... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:36:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Parents of Columbia Public School students are demanding a change to the way they treat students with special... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:29:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, winner of three Emmys and a legend and trailblazer in broadcasting, has died at... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:06:00 AM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is helping two county agencies with a death investigation Tuesday. Troop F,... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 8:28:00 AM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - School Resource Officers (SROs) will be staying in Columbia Public Schools for at least another month. The Columbia... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:22:00 AM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A seventeen-year-old is dead after being hit by a car while walking on Clark Lane late Monday night.... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 11:20:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A woman face charges of domestic assault, property damage and driving while intoxicated after investigators said she... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 10:11:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. — A head-on crash in Cole County over the weekend killed a St. Louis County couple travelling... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 9:45:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Hickman High School got its first eSports club five years ago, but this year, it's finally getting its... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 3:00:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis-based company is offering free test-preparation classes for high school students in... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 2:25:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The city did not collect curbside recycling on Monday due to what they are calling "severe collection staff... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 1:28:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - A man pleaded guilty Monday to child molestation, prosecutors said. Dillon J. Robertson pleaded guilty to... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 1:12:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police Chief Geoff Jones was sworn in Monday night during a Columbia City Council meeting. Jones became interim... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 12:47:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Interim Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones will officially remove the interim label from his job title at Monday... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 12:47:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 91°
6pm 90°
7pm 84°
8pm 81°
9pm 79°