St. Luke's gives up Cabot citing Affordable Care Act - KCTV5

St. Luke's gives up Cabot citing Affordable Care Act

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

After 106 years in the Westside community, Cabot will be getting a new owner.

Samuel Rodgers Health Centers will be taking it over from Saint Luke's Hospital because of the ever changing healthcare scene.

Saint Luke's would've struggled to keep Cabot Westside opened for low-income families because of new healthcare restrictions. So, it has found new owners.

Medicaid pays for Talina Sheppard's doctor visits at Cabot Westside.

"If they wouldn't be here then I would probably basically don't know where I'd take my children because it is so close to my house," she said.

But what Cabot receives in Medicaid reimbursement for patients like Sheppard just isn't enough to offset the growing uninsured population in Kansas City.

"With the Affordable Care Act, there is still going to be a continuation of the uninsured because we didn't get Medicaid expansion in the state of Missouri. So the truly poor are going to remain uninsured," Cabot CEO Elizabeth Cessor said.

When the Affordable Care Act left Medicaid expansion up to individual states, Missouri opted out, leaving a gap of people who don't qualify for Medicaid and can't afford healthcare.

"All safety nets are continuing to see larger and larger losses because of the economy and the uninsured," Cessor said.

With that growing group, Saint Luke's, Cabot's umbrella organization, was forced to find another way to keep healthcare for it's 9,500 low-income patients.

It sold itself to Samuel Rodgers Health Center, one of three federally qualified health facility in the metro.

"They'll be able to get increased revenue reimbursement from Medicaid. We'll be able to get an estimated 21s cent on the dollar to high in the 90 cents area of getting reimbursed," Cessor said.

Westside community leader John Fiero was a Sam Rodgers patient years ago.

"I can recall as a child going with my mom from here in the Westside over the Northeast to access services that were available at Sam Rodgers that Cabot didn't provide,"  Fiero said.

An advantage of being a federally qualified health facility, patients will have more services like x-rays and other outpatient services at a lower cost, all because the federal reimbursements are greater.

St. Luke's gifted the Westside facility to Samuel Rodgers so that building will remain opened to patients. The transfer will be official Nov. 1.

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