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+ fl Page 2A H~$ Hays Free Press * September 13, 2017 .sters its" " operates the clinic, but The Hays Free Press BY TIMOTHY STUCKEY "CTMC would establish the the county maintains (USPS 361-430) published weekly by Hays County approved community clinic that would responsibilities for in- Barton Publications, payments to Central Texas digent program enroll- Inc., P.O. Box 339, Medical Center (CTMC)become a 'medical home' for ment, operation of the TB Buda, TX 78610. Peri- in accordance with its clinic, administration for odicals postage paid Indigent Care plan during many uninsured residents •.• Department of State and at Buda, TX 78610 and its August 22 meeting. Health immunization ser- additional mailing of- The county approved aMatching funds would be used vices, and responsibilities rices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes motion to pay $900,000 to in emergency prepared- to Barton Publications, CTMC, part of an annual to not only increase healthcare ness and epidemiology,. Inc., P.O. Box339, two million dollar agree- services, but improve the according to Shell. Buda, TX 78610. ment established in 2011 CTMC continues to ISSN#1087-9323. for the county's indigent delivery of healthcare services." pay indigent health- " care costs, care claims as proposed "Hays County was during the development NE~S TIPS approached by CTMC in -Lon Shell, Hays County chief of staff of the UPL program. If you think it's news, 2011 regarding the Upper Through its affiliate, we probably do too! Payment Limit (UPL) '~Lrotmd the time Hays funds used for the oper- Live Oak Health Partners, • Newsroom phone: program," said Lon Shell, County and CTMC were ation of the Hays County CTMC began operation 512-268-7862 Hays County Chief of discussing the affiliation, Health Clinic could be of the well child clinic, • E-mail: Staff. "The UPL program the State of Texas and the matched and used for women's health clinic, news@haysfreepress, allowed a governmental federal government were improvements to health- and the family clinic on com entity to affiliate with a negotiating a waiver that care for indigent and Jan. 1, 2013. • Mail: 113 W. Centerlocal hospit~; in the affil- would soon assume theuninsured citizens."CTMC's operation of Street, Kyle, TX 78640 iation agreement the hos- UPL program," Shell said. "CTMC would establish the Community Clinic pital agreed to perform "In 201! the state passed the Community Clinic has brought efficiencies CORRECTIONS some level of indigent legislation providingthat would become ato and improved the Any erroneods reflec-care in the community." that claims for Medicaid 'medical home' for many delivery of healthcare tion upon the charac-The process was ini- services would be covered un-insured residents," services for the uninsured ter, standing or repute- tinted by using the Texas by mangged care compa- Shell said. "Matching citizens of Hays Coun- tion of any person, firm 1115 Medicaid Transfer- nies. Once managed care funds would be used to ty," Shell said. "CTMC is or corporation which mation Waiver, which was incorporated state- not only increase health- able to utilize its existing may appear in the allows the state to expand wide a flew waiver was care services, but improve resources to helpimprove pages of the Hays Free Medicaid managed carenecessary." the delivery of healthcare clinical services through Press will be corrected while preserving hospital Funds used for in- services." the use of electronic upon being brought funding, digent Care c]aLms and Hays County no longer . health record systems to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES 911 Center: Kyle joines Hays County system • The deadline for display advertising and Continued from pg. 1A any contributed news copy in the Hays Free phone while a separate Not only will the combined dispatchers to see all Press i~ 5 p.m. Friday dispatcher would focus officers' positions alnong the week prior to pub- on notifying and sending services allow law enforcement the three entities when a lication, emergency responders, call comes in. • The deadline for "This is a community and emergency services to That would allow Letters to the Editor effort to have the greatest officials to dispatch the and classified word standard possible," Shell respond to incidents more closest officer to the advertising in the Hays said. "It's not perfect, but efficiently, but also assist officersscene to assist a resident, Free Press is noon it's head and shoulders thus making response Monday the week of publication, though we above what we have now; with information sharing and a times more efficient. encourage readers and • this will save lives." Kidd said the proposed advertisers to observe Buda could soon join possible cut in costs of operation• home of the new com- the Friday deadline, the fold for the coopera- bined 911 services center tive venture. Buda Police the entities to enhance resident called 911, the is in San Marcos behind LEI"rERS Chief Bo Kidd said the response times, dispatcher in Kyle would the government center on GUIDELINES agreement, which could One of the problems send a Kyle Police officer Wonder World Drive. We welcome locally be voted on by Buda emergency officials cur- to respond, even if a Hays Not only will the written letters to the city leaders in the next rently face is the inability County Sheriff's Office . combined services allow editoron timely topics few meetings, wasn't so to communicate with deputy may be closer to law enforcement and of community interest, much hflfilling a need, each other when emer-the caller's location, emergency services to re- We ask that you keep but rather an opportunity gency calls come in. The new combined 911 spend to incidents more them to about 350 to collaborate between Kidd said if a Kyle services center will allow efficiently; but also assist words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be editedVeterans Court for brevity and clarity. All letters should beContinued from pg. 1A signed by the author and include a daytimeto use the TVC grant, it tendency for a convicted phone number where soon will been forcedcriminal to reoffend, the author can be to rely on funding from is low in the Veterans contacted for verifica- Hays County to continue Court. Only one out of tion. Letter writers are operations. 37" graduates who have limited to one letter per month• Letters can Hays County's Veterans completed the program be emailed to csb@ Court is in the fourth was charged with another, year of.a five year grant crime. from the Criminal Justice ' Hays County's Veterans Division that allocates Court is also receiving HISTORY approximately $98,000help from Texas State Founded April 10, annually for operation. University, which is in 1903, by Thomas David Glickler, Hays the middle of an ongoing Started Safely Fletcher Harwell as County Court at Law No. recidivism study to help The Kyle News, with 2 judge, who oversees improve the program. offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller the Veterans Court, said For veterans who streets in the town's the county must start to participate in the oldest remaining wean off of the grant over program, having a second building, tt merged the next two or so years, chance offers a new lease into The Hays CountyRamcharan said the on life. Citizen in 1956. Thecourt might have to seek "This is like a second paper consolidated funding from different chance and I got the Call 811 before you dig. with The Free Press in areas, or seek additional help that I needed," October, 1978. During grant monies, one veteran said in a its more than lO0-year history the newspaper Even with funding statement. "I didn't When it comes to digging safely, you make the call. has maintained offices questions, Ramcharanthink I needed help, but more than a dozen said the court has had its I did. The staff has been Whether you're working on a large excavation, or simply locations in Kyle and successes, great to work with. I amplanting a tree in your yard, natural gas and utility line Buda. Recidivism, or the thankful for this court." safety should always be job one - and that means • calling 811 before you dig. Calling 811 helps you know where natural gas, electric, water and other under- ground lines are located. It also helps you avoid causing serious injuries, service interruptions, or possibly costly fines for damaged infrastructure• Make the call• It's easy• It's FREE, Respect the lines. Dig with care. After all, safety is in your hands, but always on our minds. Caeaie is a 5-year-old female Labrador / Ca- Samantha is a 1 -year-old shorthair tabby fehoula mix who has been through a lot. 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According to Shell, combining tax dollars with CTMC's resourc- es also helps to serve a population that would otherwise use expensive ER services for basic healthcare needs. Indigent residents who are able to use clinics instead of ER services decrease the tax payer's financial responsibility. "Even though our pop- ulation and health care costs continue to grow, by using 1115 DSRIP and UC funding, Hays County has been able to fund statu- tory indigent healthcare costs at the same level since 2011," Shell said. "During the past year we have added over 200 indigent residents into the program. The county's responsibilities for indi- gent health can be found in Chapter 61 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. ". officers with information sharing and a possible cut in costs of operation. "In my experience combining resources often leads to a cost sav- ings," Kidd said. Buda, Kyle and Hays County have been work- ing on the creation of the new combined 911 services center since 2012 when the planning first began, Kidd said. Kidd said he expects the agenda item to appear at the Buda City council dais for approv- al within the next few meetings after the city attorney has flllly vetted the agreement. i, Know wl s below. Call before you dig. CenterPoint Energy ALWAYS THERE. + Z q I ]1 I I II I I II [ tili l 71 !i • !11•¸