Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 12, 2013

Health care meets politics

GLASGOW — Health care and politics met in one room Monday morning as area health care professionals met with Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, in the board room at T.J. Samson Community Hospital to discuss what they see as the pressing issues in today’s health care.

“We are at a tipping point, across the state and nationally, with regard to delivery of health care services,” Givens said.

Givens met with more than a dozen health care providers from T.J. Samson and HealthSouth, a large health care provider with a rehabilitation hospital in Elizabethtown. Health care is vital to Kentucky and the nation, Givens said, and it is important for legislators and those in the field to get together and talk about what needs to be done to provide the best medical care to local citizens.

“I don’t sense that there is a lot of this kind of dialogue happening,” Givens said.

Givens started by talking about the health care developments he expects to see in the Kentucky legislature this year. Governor Steve Beshear will probably expand Medicaid provisions under the Affordable Care Act, Givens said, and that will mean one in four Kentuckians will be eligible for Medicaid under the new regulations. The flood of new Medicaid patients is likely to cause problems with access to care, because there will not be enough health care providers to handle all the patients, Givens said.

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