Jan 13, 2020 10:20 PM

HRHS watching Medicaid bill

Posted Jan 13, 2020 10:20 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — With the legislative session kicking off on Monday, many will be watching to see if there can be some movement on the Medicaid expansion proposal.

“I’m excited with the fact . . . it’s a bipartisan approach,” Ken Johnson, president and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare Systems, said. “A lot of work has been done by Sen. Denning and Gov. Kelly and lots of folks from the provider community, the hospital community . . . a lot of folks have come together.”

If the bill gets past the legislature, it would provide care for up to 150,000 Kansans. Johnson says the hospital could see a benefit from the legislation in curbing some of the donated healthcare provided each year.

“The estimates that have been provided to us from Kansas Hospital Association and others . . . we estimate that the impact for our community from the two and a half million to the four million dollar range,” Johnson said. “We think that’s a conservative estimate.”

Johnson says, not only would this provide an avenue for those in need to get help, it may also provide a more proactive avenue for those who may put off seeing a doctor because of the expense.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity for citizens who may be and probably have not received proactive care,” Johnson said. “We think this is an opportunity for citizens to be seen in a mental health facility, maybe in a hospital, but not in a setting that’s very expensive.”

Johnson says the program will allow residents under the program to have better care without the expense, thus allowing them to use their income for other needs. He says the program, if passed as proposed, would benefit about 1,600 residents in the area.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences in USD 308 Thursday

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The school year has passed the halfway point in USD 308. And second-trimester Parent-Teacher Conferences for Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Middle School students will be Thursday, Jan. 16.

Hutchinson High School will have conferences from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Salthawk Activity Center. Hutchinson Middle School will have conferences from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at both HMS campuses. Conferences at secondary schools are done in arena style. Parents meet with teachers in a common area. If further discussions are needed, individual appointments can be set up.

There will be no school for HHS or HMS on either Jan. 16 or 17. Additionally, there are no conferences on Jan. 17.

The second set of elementary and middle school parent-teacher conferences will not occur until the week of Feb. 17. Classes for pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade students will be in session on Jan. 16. Jan. 17, however, is a professional development day for Pre-K through sixth-grade staff, and there will be no classes for students.