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The Springfield Health Commission, a group of local hospitals and health agencies, have spent the last ten months assembling data to help find to a solution for those in need of health insurance or at least, health care. The Health Commission released a report Monday of its findings. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.
Dr. Daniel Sontheimer, a member of the board of directors for the Commission, says if there is one thing to take away from the report, it’s that the lack of dental coverage for those with Medicaid and those without insurance is creating a strain on the emergency care system.Sontheimer soon expects to identify priority areas and begin developing pilot projects.
“Our next step is actually to prioritize all of the things we’ve found, if you look at the report there are all of the conclusions, we are going to do a rank ordering and then take those to our board and say, ‘These are the top three things by our rank ordering that we want to develop pilot projects for or do further analysis of these problems,’” Sontheimer explains.As the Commission points out, the relationship between socio-economic status and health are well established and can impact one’s access to care. The Health Commission found that in 2008, 15.9 % of Greene County's population was living at or below the poverty level, a statistic that greatly affects the population’s ability to obtain adequate health care. Sontheimer says he hopes to move on to begin pilot programs by September.
For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.