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By Lou Marzeles

'Obamacare' to begin enrollment, could help KVH


At the very least, Obamacare is a term that easily provokes controversy. Open enrollment in the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (the official name for Obamacare) begins Oct. 1, But also at the very least, Obamacare could be hugely beneficial for Klickitat Valley Health (KVH).

The economics of it are simple: if more people get insurance, KVH stands to get paid more money than it typically has in recent years.

“I’ve got $20 million of business a year,” says KVH CEO John White. “$2 million is spent on care that doesn’t get paid for. This is the category of people that [Obamacare] is trying to address. It’s the uninsured people. It helps enormously.”

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Reader Comments

rowleyfamily writes:

Keep reading the article to understand the severe risk to our community if the re-evaluation of critical hospitals by the Obama Administration results in the closure of KVH. How long does it take to get to The Dalles' hospital? I would think even in an ambulance once they traverse multiple highways, hills, stop signs, etc., that the time would be at least 30 minutes or close to that. In a Life or death situation where minutes count, I predict death if that's our closest hospital. Studies I have read relate mortality rates directly in association with distance from a hospital.


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