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Goble addresses Kiwanis about upcoming 'Obamacare'

The Affordable Health Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, was the subject of Mary Rutan Hospital President and CEO Mandy Goble’s remarks to the Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday.

Goble (pictured) said the plan is to be implemented over a period of 10 years and will be funded through cuts in reimbursement and tax increases. She also reported that hospitals are now partially paid based on the quality of care provided and can now be either rewarded or penalized for things such as readmissions within 30 days, infection rates, and overall costs of care for 30 days following discharge. She also said that a two-percent sequestration cut has been applied to all Medicare patients.

Starting in October, Goble said that insurance exchanges will allow individuals to purchase insurance on the open market with subsidies being made available to low-income families, reminding members that penalties will be assessed on individuals who fail to purchase insurance.

Goble also told the members that Mary Rutan Hospital is the 3rd largest employer in Logan County with 730 employees. MRH was also given an ‘A’ rating by the Leapfrog Group and received an award from Healthgrades for being in the top 10 percent in the U.S. for patient satisfaction.

In other business, Howard Traul was awarded his 35-year Legion of Honor award and Ed Wallace received his Legion of Honor award for 30 years of service.

Next week’s meeting will have Deb Ellis addressing the club about her recent trip to Spain.

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