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State treasurer visits TRH to hear health care concerns

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By Calen McKinney

 

State Treasurer Adam Edelen is on a mission.

He wants to know the problems with rural health care today, and last Tuesday, he came to Taylor Regional Hospital to meet with officials to talk about just that.

In a public forum, Edelen heard from TRH CEO Jane Wheatley and CEOs of hospitals in Russell, Green and Casey counties. Edelen said the forum, which was attended by about 40 people, was the ninth of 10 he will host across the state.

Edelen said he will compile information he receives at the forums into a report, tentatively scheduled for release this fall.

Edelen said 45 percent of Kentuckians rely on rural hospitals for care, so legislators and state officials should make decisions related to health care based on facts.

Wheatley discussed many issues of concern at TRH, including patient reimbursement, an increase in emergency room visits and the payment received for those services.

Though TRH hasn't had to layoff any employees, she said, her hospital hasn't filled vacancies and adjusted employee hours.