New source of funding for indigent healthcare in Amarillo

New source of funding for indigent healthcare in Amarillo

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo Hospital Board recently approved a new program which could help pay for healthcare for low-to-medium income patients.

The state legislature passed a law in its last session authorizing the program.

State Senator Kel Seliger of Amarillo says it was necessary because local hospitals needed help covering the cost of health care for people without insurance.

"It's going to allow them to access to medicaid funds they might not have access to,"  said Seliger. "This helps more people be able to access medicaid services."

Currently, low income healthcare is largely provided by Northwest Texas Hospital under a contract with the city.

The program will collect payments from institutional providers like hospitals, nursing homes, or other health related services.

The money would then go to Austin, where it would be matched by state Medicaid funds and returned to Amarillo healthcare providers for their services.

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