Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 29 November 2013 10:47
A public hearing on proposed health care funding for the Hidalgo County Health Care Funding District was held during the Tuesday, Nov. 26, meeting of the Hidalgo County Commissioners. Unfortunately, Health and Human Services Director Eddie Olivarez said the final figures had not yet been handed down by the state so there was not a final amount to tell commissioners. The amount levied by the state will affect the amount of money for indigent care that Hidalgo, Cameron and Webb Counties, the three poorest counties in the state will receive for indigent care.
Senate Bill 1623 works with a fee on hospitals rather than residents, which is the basis for the revenue that the counties will receive based on the fiscal year 2010. Olivarez said that the final figure was not yet ready but Hidalgo County would receive 2.7 to 3.5 percent of all funds set aside for indigent care throughout the state. Revenues for membership hospitals would be $1.2 billion and there would be up to 120 days to collect the revenues after the numbers are finalized. The percentage collected by the county would be multiplied by $1.50 for every dollar. For every $1 put into the pot, the county will receive $2.50.