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Proposed Tax Subsidy Awaits Voters

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WINNSBORO La (KNOE 8 News) - A hospital in Franklin Parish took steps to secure its health services financially, after having issues with Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Franklin Medical Center has a plan to guarantee people will receive the medical attention they need.

Recently the hospital has had issues getting paid in return for their health care services, so the medical center's administration proposed a tax subsidy to the parish.

"With some of the incidents that we've had lately with payers and difficulty with getting them to pay, the tax seemed like something that needed to be explored to basically secure the long term operation of the hospital," said Franklin Medical Center Administrator, Blake Kramer.

Hospital leaders said one of the major problems?

Medicare payments were turned off by accident, and put the medical center's finances in jeopardy.

Kramer said the vast majority of their patients are Medicare and Medicaid, which has a significant impact on the hospital.

"That type of stuff really puts your revenue stream in jeopardy and this would give us a stable source of revenue which wouldn't be subject to whether or not other people are doing their jobs," said Kramer.\

The administration also said help of the tax subsidy will ensure health services will not be cut... And will always help in an emergency.

The Franklin Medical Center hasn't had a tax subsidy in over two decades, and is one of the two rural service districts in the state who don't receive local tax subsidy.

The Franklin Parish Board of Commissioners and Police Jury approved the local tax proposal last week, and it will be decided by Franklin Parish voters in October.

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