Mayor Fischer Responds to Courier-Journal Editorial
In a letter to the editor today, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer responds to a Sunday editorial in the newspaper that criticized cuts to city funding for the University of Louisville Hospital's indigent care.The mayor's next budget cuts indigent care funding from $9.7 million to $7 million. On Sunday, the CJ criticized the cut, pointing out that it will trigger a similar reduction in state funding, since the General Assembly's budget ties state funding to city funding.
- How will the university respond to concerns raised by the state auditor, who discovered inadequate oversight of the trust?
- How will health care reform — and the pending decision from the U.S. Supreme Court — affect University Hospital?
- Will the hospital find another merger partner? What role will that play in indigent care in our city?
- How will the state’s decision regarding the status of Passport Health Plan, the Medicaid provider for Jefferson County, impact indigent care services?
- Does the flow of funds from the city to the QCCT through University Hospital and then to the medical school impact indigent care?
- Why is Louisville the only city government in the state that pays into an indigent care trust fund?
Some of those questions may be answered soon, as the SCOTUS ruling on the ACA is expected this month, the debate of privatized Medicaid continues and U of L Hospital continues to search for a new business partner.