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March 5, 2013

Indigent healthcare eligibility re-evaluated

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Board member Eric Floyd, who said he was against changing the threshold, said he understood that Community Health Systems had agreed to provide primary physician care for indigents for five years, as well, after the district gave CHS a donation in excess of $7 million dollar last year. 

Young said they did not sign any legal agreement regarding that issue. 

Jackson said he remembered a representative of CHS talking about helping the district with indigent care but would have to check his notes about the details of what was said between the district and CHS. 

Young told the Democrat Friday that they checked notes from last summer after the Thursday board meeting and found that Floyd was correct about CHS offering to provide assistance with indigent patients who use the hospital.

The CHS representative who spoke to the board also remembered the statements and said they’ve been waiting to hear from the district, Young said, adding that they have scheduled a meeting thisweek between CHS and the district to talk about it.

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