Treasurer Ball has proven herself

In response to George Brosi's column on Friday, May 24, I would like to submit that Treasurer Allison Ball has given more transparency to the Kentucky Treasurer's office that has ever been available. She has developed a website so that anyone can see how Kentucky spends its money. She has developed a program that allows persons with disabilities to have a savings and investment account. She has returned millions of unclaimed funds to the correct owner and established a fund whereby unclaimed dollars will be placed in a savings account. She has established a Financial Empowerment Coalition that has formed the curriculum for high school students and instituted a financial class requirement for all high school students. She has uncovered a potential hacking of the database saving the state a considerable amount of money. She recently stopped payment on an invoice that was billing the state for a rental property that was higher than it should have been.

Treasurer Allison Ball has proven herself to be the right person for the second term of office as Kentucky State Treasurer.

Barbara Ellerbrook

Lexington

Having access to life-saving air medical services

The recent news of Air Methods' air medical base closures in Kentucky is unfortunate, but not surprising. Earlier this year, PHI, another air medical company, announced it was filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize and solve its debts due partly to "a significant decrease in revenue from air medical." These events underscore a growing threat to emergency air medical care due to an unsustainable government reimbursement system.

Maintaining air medical bases with ICUs ready to deploy 24/7, 365 days a year is expensive, especially with increased demand in services due to rural hospital closures. However, over 70% of patients who use these services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or have no insurance at all. Reimbursement rates for these programs only cover a small amount of provider costs. To make matters worse, some private insurers refuse to go in-network with air medical providers, placing them under increased financial strain.

To ensure Americans continue to have access to life-saving air medical services, the solution is two-fold: Congress must update Medicare reimbursement rates to reflect the actual cost of care and private insurers must go in-network with air medical providers. Access to emergency care and American lives are at stake.

Carter Johnson

Save Our Air Medical Resources (SOAR) campaign

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