In between town hall meetings in Cottonwood Falls and Hillsboro, Kansas on January 9, 2013, Congressman Tim Huelskamp was invited to tour St. Luke Hospital and Living Center in Marion, Kansas. Huelskamp, who is beginning his second term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, met with Jeremy Armstrong, the hospital's Administrator and CEO, Janet Herzet, Director Home Care, as well as several board members and other health care providers at the hospital. During the tour and meeting, they discussed a number of topics related to health care, including Medicare, Medicaid, ObamaCare, and the overall fiscal situation in Washington and its impact on rural hospitals. St. Luke is a 10-bed critical access hospital and recently completed renovations in 2011.
Congressman Huelskamp chats with Janet Herzet, Director of Home Care, while Jeremy Armstrong, Hosptial CEO & Administrator, listens.
"Fiscal instability in Washington is creating tremendous uncertainty for health care providers," Huelskamp said after the visit. "Beyond the unpredictability of payments so many health care providers do not know what to expect in terms of new regulations related to ObamaCare. Patients, doctors, insurance companies, and taxpayers are finding surprises around every single corner as the implementation of this devastating law goes into effect. I look forward to continuing to serve as a voice for rural Kansas in Washington, and appreciate the opportunity to hear directly from the men and women faced with handling these policy realities."