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jamcolo 1 year, 6 months ago

Socialism for Moffat county employees health care needs capitalism for the rest of us Moffat county residents.

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Joanna Hatten 1 year, 6 months ago

This is absolutely wrong!! I'm sorry that county employees don't want to take time out their busy day and pay a copay.....guess what?? The REST of Moffat county does...why are county workers different from OTHER TAX PAYING MOFFAT COUNTY CITIZENS?? This should have been out to a vote....not a Ms.Running and county commissioners vote....as they all ARE COUNTY EMPLOYEES...of course they want this DUH!!! They work for the county!! The commissioners AND Ms. Running should lose their jobs over this!! Absolutely ridiculous!!

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lonelyone 1 year, 6 months ago

I think this is very wrong of the county to do. I don't like my copay either and I can tell you it is way more that 35 dollars and my husband doesn't like taking time off from work to go to the Dr either. And then there is the fact that I thought this was some how going to be housed at the court house so they didn't have to actually take time off from work to go?? Um, let's see, a house on Tucker means leaving your job to go get checked out. Might as well go to a regular clinic! This is not money well spent and I think the three of you guys should be ashamed of yourselves for approving this.

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michael lausin 1 year, 6 months ago

i wonder if they got the mold problem under control. i heard that one of the reasons the veteran's cboc was moved was because of mold.

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Noelle Leavitt Riley 1 year, 6 months ago

I understand that the community has various opinions on this issue, but the Craig Daily Press reserves the right to remove derogatory comments. Sincerely, Noelle Leavitt Riley - managing editor of the Craig Daily Press.

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Joanna Hatten 1 year, 6 months ago

I had to read this article again just to make sure I understood it.....it made me even more nauseous the second time. I hope every tax paying citizen in Moffat county calls each one of the commissioners AND Ms. Running and voice their opinion on this....I will!!! I tried to contact Ms. Running today but was told she was not available. Maybe she was waiting her turn at the doctors office.....LIKE THE REST OF US!!

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wickedstepmother 1 year, 6 months ago

The key words are "the counties Health and Welfare fund". Are county health and welfare funds for the county employees or for the counties' citizens who need "health and welfare assistance? I am sure that all county employees have a above poverty level income. As for the reasoning of having to take time off to see a doctor, paying copays, and nights and weekends hours: This would eliminate the need for "sick days", and a serious injury or illness could be covered by short term disability. Copays at the "Free Clinic" would be necessary by the second year for running a facility with night hours and weekends and the employees would still have to leave the building they work in and go to a separate facility for healthcare from which they will be referred out to specializing physicians, sounds like a primary doctor to me. Is the County Commission setting up a "business arrangement" with Care Here where everyone (Moffat County employees and Care Here) who works for or is related to someone who works for the County may get free healthcare at a profit to both?

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lostyermarbles 1 year, 6 months ago

Maybe they should just review their employees time off . This is the silliest thing yet the county commissioners have approved. and Lynette should maybe confir with the powerplants and mines which employee far more on how they are managing copays I Dont know of any working person that doesnt have this in their life.$35 is far less than the visit and less than eating out or even filling up a toy gas tank. Maybe some time management and if they have that much copay and medical some tax deduction education. You are making the whole bunch sound handicapped. Maybe the VNA would make on the site visits if they cant figure it out.

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WTF 1 year, 6 months ago

I believe the term "free" clinic is not the best of terms. It is not free. The county is putting a medical staff on salary, and providing office space. The intent is not profit. A for profit clinic would defeat the purpose of lowering the county's self paid health insurance. Weekend and night hours do not effected a salaried medical staff. The fact that profit is cut out is what lowers the over all cost. It seems to be a more effective way to spend public money that was going to be spent on health care one way or another. If TMH fells this is a threat to their business, then they need to lower costs to be competeive; therefore lowering county wide health care cost.

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WTF 1 year, 6 months ago

I believe the term "free" clinic is not the best of terms. It is not free. The county is putting a medical staff on salary, and providing office space. The intent is not profit. A for profit clinic would defeat the purpose of lowering the county's self paid health insurance. Weekend and night hours do not effected a salaried medical staff. The fact that profit is cut out is what lowers the over all cost. It seems to be a more effective way to spend public money that was going to be spent on health care one way or another. If TMH feels this is a threat to their business, then they need to lower costs to be competeive; therefore lowering county wide health care cost.

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hixinstix 1 year, 6 months ago

No need for anyone to be offended that Moffat County employees have access to this clinic..they would have had access to clinics of one sort or another, anyway. What is offensive is that the Commissioners have deliberately engaged in competing against themselves. A county-owned hospital is present in Craig and there is NO need to bring in Care Here. If the County had the ability to negotiate properly in the first place, their co-pays would not have been so high. Why not co-op with other large employers in the area to lower insurance premiums?

As far as co-pays go, this new program will likely increase co-pays. Sure, the employees and dependents get "free" care at the clinic, but many will need to access other areas in healthcare(radiology, emergency department, operating rooms etc). Will this new program require an increased co-pay amount then because these modalities fall outside the "in network" of the new clinic? What about prescriptions that are ineffective as generics(synthroid etc)?

How will Moffat County calculate the ROI and cost savings of this clinic? Have the increased premiums/costs previously incurred because of employee health claims or because of dependents health claims? How will Moffat County measure any perceived change in employee productivity as a result of the clinic?

Will the clinic also be used for pre-employment screening? For statutory drug testing? For DOT physicals?

It's alleged that the clinic will be open evenings and weekends......how will the clinic be adequately staffed with this type of schedule?

This clinic IS a threat to TMH and the rest of the medical community. It's not a matter of those entities lowering their costs to be competitive......it's about the County deliberately stepping in to cause financial harm to them.

Will the new clinic be subject to COBRA requirements? Will services be offered to County retirees after they leave county employment? I wonder if part of the problem with the increased premiums and costs isn't more likely attributed to an aging County workforce that typically requires more medical and pharmaceutical intervention.

In the end, I find the Commissioners move atrocious and encourage voters to ensure they are not elected for their next terms.

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WTF 1 year, 6 months ago

Albeit I am not an economist; however, a clinic limited to county employees and dependents, cannot compete in an open market. They are limited in function, and by customer base. If TMH cannot compete with a clinic that cannot expanded its patient base without the county adding job, maybe they need not be in business. Maybe, just maybe, they need more of marketing strategy they “hey we’re on the hill.”

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hixinstix 1 year, 5 months ago

One doesn't have to be an economist.......the county clinic DOES compete in an open market simply by removing around 400 people from using the other free market providers(TMH, clinics etc). Are you saying that 400 people is an insignificant change? The county commissioners have now placed themselves in direct competition with.......themselves. Pure genius.

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