Hospital board passes resolution in support expanded Medicaid benefits

Posted March 21, 2013 at 11:13 am

The Cedar County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees passed a resolution at their Monday, March 18, meeting in support of the expanded Medicaid benefits through the federal Affordable Care Act health care reform law.

Board Members Cheri Allison, Johnnie Walker and Board President Judy Renn were present along with Hospital CEO Jana Witt, CNO Dixie Flynn, CFO Carla Gilbert, Board secretary Terri Heitz and Board Attorney Bryan Brackenridge. Board Members Jan Neale and David Studer were absent.

The resolution reads:

Whereas, Missouri has the opportunity to expand Medicaid benefits to more than 300,000 adult residents through the opportunity provided through the federal Affordable Care Act health care reform law; and

Whereas, a healthy workforce and community are critical to the economic vitality of Cedar County Memorial Hospital; and

Whereas, Cedar County Memorial Hospital is an economic engine in the community employing 145 people and a strong health-care delivery system is a primary consideration of businesses considering locating in the community; and

Whereas the expansion of Medicaid to Missouri adults who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level is estimated to create 22,000 sustainable jobs in the state, including more that 1,400 jobs in the West Central Workforce Investment Area; and

Whereas, the expansion of Medicaid could generate more than $300,000,000 in labor income in this region and $116,000,000 in federal, state and local taxes over a seven-year period; and

Whereas, the annual investment to buildings and equipment by Cedar County Memorial Hospital drives additional economic activity in Cedar County; and

Whereas, Cedar County Memorial Hospital will experience significant payment cuts from Medicare and Medicaid over the next seven years, which would result in reduced hospital services, job losses and a reduction in community investment; and

Whereas, the failure to expand Medicaid benefits to the working poor would be a detriment to the health of the community and a financial hardship for Cedar County Memorial Hospital;

Therefore, Cedar County Memorial Hospital hereby goes on record in support of the expansion of Medicaid benefits to more Missouri families and encourage the Missouri General Assembly to leverage federal funds for this purpose.

The board explained that accepting the expansion of Medicaid would pay the hospital for patients that aren’t uninsured and therefore don’t pay for services. Thy also said that the expansion would offset the Obamacare health care cuts,

The board voted to pay a local contractor Evan Mitzyon $6,250 to re-stucco the Medical Mall.

Gilbert said that even though the hospital was busy last month, they still posted a $139,000 loss off of operations.

Flynn said they had a surge of patients after the snow storm averaging 19 a day.