Judy Bellome, executive director of Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care
Bellome said the current health care system’s biggest flaws are that it is too expensive and does not cover all citizens. In addition, there is very little coverage for prevention.
She would like to see those problems addressed in any legislation, as well as a plan that addresses home health and hospice services. She said using such services saves money by avoiding or delaying hospitalizations and nursing home placement.
“Unfortunately, there is a current house bill that recommends a $51 billion cut to home health over a 10-year period. If that part of the bill passes, the whole home care industry is in danger,” she said.
Bellome’s biggest fear is that no health care reform will occur “because of a stalemate due to lack of vision and compromise between the Republicans and Democrats.”
Kansans weigh in on health care reform
- Have your say.
- Graham Bailey, vice president of public relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
- Rod Bremby, Secretary, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Corrie Edwards, executive director, Kansas Health Consumer Coalition
- Jerry Kemberling, Unemployed, Lawrence
- Gene Meyer, CEO/president, Lawrence Memorial Hospital
- Marcia Nielsen, vice chancellor for public policy and planning, Kansas University Medical Center
- Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner
- Jon Stewart, Director, LEO Center
- Judy Bellome, executive director of Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care
- Dr. Alan Cowles, Social Security disability benefits advocate
- Marcia Epstein, director of Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence
- Dr. David Goering, medical director for Health Care Access
- Mitzi McFatrich, executive director of Kansas Advocates for Better Care
- Dan Partridge, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department director
- Margie Wakefield, small business owner