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PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - Senator John Boozman visited a few places in Region 8 to get input from people on the front lines to ultimately designate where money will be spent in the future.

Friday morning, Senator Boozman visited with administrators at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould and other officials.

The meeting lasted a little over an hour, and they wasted no time bringing up the hospital’s concerns.

AMMC said their insurance reimbursement is low.

For example, a nine-day patient stay for a right ankle fracture costs $32,144. They were reimbursed $8.34.

Hospital officials said this is a threat to rural or small hospitals.

“Whatever problems the hospital has is intervening on their behalf. The one thing I can do is have people take those phone calls, discuss it, and the good news is the hospital’s in the right,” Boozman said when asked about his plans for the issue.

Full story (w/video) https://www.kait8.com/2020/12/04/senator-boozman-visits-hospital-discuss-covid-vaccine-insurance-finances/