Friday, December 08, 2017
WILL TRUMPCARE KILL TRUMAN MED???
Quick look at hard times for Kansas City's favorite hobo hospital that are soon to get even worse at the GOP preps to go after Medicaid and Medicare after the holidays.
Jackson County is ready to pick up some of the slack despite a busted jail budget AND Kansas City's health levy slush fund will also help developers avoid the increasing number of sick and broke locals walking through the streets.
Examiner: Truman Medical sees funding in peril
The hospital gets $14.4 million a year from the federal government to offset some of the cost of care for those cannot pay.
Federal payments for uncompensated hospital care were supposed to go away under Obamacare because, as the law was written, every state would expand Medicaid coverage, leaving virtually no one without some form of health insurance. But Missouri is among 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid. Shields said 25 to 30 percent of TMC’s patients have no insurance.
TMC’s two campuses on Hospital Hill and at Lee’s Summit Road and Gregory together provide 12 percent of all uncompensated care in the state, Shields said. That’s $101.26 million a year, about one-third of it for residents of Eastern Jackson County.
The federal payments to help offset that expired Oct. 1, and Congress is working on restoring them. Otherwise, CEO Charlie Shields said, TMC will slip into a budget deficit.
Developing . . .