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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Revenue, patient count up at Health Department

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  • Gross revenues for the Pratt County Health Department were up nearly $30,000 in 2012 over 2011. Fees for services (private pay and insurance) amounted to $210,866.05 in 2012, whereas fees for 2011 only amounted to $186,451.00.
    Medicare and Medicaid's combined total payments were also up over $53,000 for the same period of time. Payments in 2011were $49,779, while payments in 2012 were $53,277.37.
    Grant income for the health department fell for the period based on the cuts made by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. Funding in 2011 amounted to $65,547 but fell to $55,000 in 2012 — a loss of a little over $10,000.
    Grant income is derived from WIC, Family Planning, Immunization Action Program (IAP), Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PAEP), State Formula, and Maternal Child Health (MCH) programs annually.
    The WIC program was overspent by $15,000 in 2012 but Director Debbie McGraw filed an amended and the state picked up a total of $12,000 of the initial over-expenditures.
    McGraw informed commissioners she had received a web cam from the state of Kansas so she could participate in the monthly meetings in Topeka.
    In other matters, commissioners:
    • approved District Coroner expenses of $9,796.35 for 2012. Expenditures for shared coroner services are based on county population.
    • discussed zoning matters with Pratt County Zoning Administrator Tim Branscom.
    • were notified by Pratt County Environmental Director Dean Staab, that Kiowa County would again be bringing their waste back to Pratt County Recycling for disposal. At present, the only fee to be charged to Kiowa County will be a processing fee for newspapers, according to Staab.
    • recently elected Pratt County Commissioner Glenna Borho, informed the commissioners that she had just returned from a training session in Topeka.
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