Telluride Med Center: Oh, These Are Changing Times…

Telluride Med Center: Oh, These Are Changing Times…

Oh these are changing times…maybe, sort-of, kind of.

John Gardner, director, Telluride Medical Center

John Gardner, director, Telluride Medical Center

I wrote this awhile ago from the airport, anxious to return home after the week spent at the the National Rural Health Association Policy Institute in Washington D.C. There, I joined healthcare leaders from rural communities to meet with members of the Senate and House of Representatives to discuss the needs of the communities we serve.

The burning question on the tip of every attendee’s tongue: What is the direction from the new administration for national healthcare policy and how will it impact our ability to serve our communities?

This is what we heard from both sides of the aisle.

The Affordable Care Act has increased the access to health insurance to a large number of people in the United States, and for some that has also meant an increase in insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

Not one person had a solution that would keep insurance rates rising ,while also pushing premiums down.

But uncertainty isn’t the only certainty.

As I got ready to board my return flight last week, I knew this much: Our clinic will continue to develop new programs, apply for more grants, win more awards, exceed goals and overcome challenges to serve our community.

Residents and guests to our region will continue to count on us for care.

And regardless of whether or not a person has insurance, or who their carrier is, we will continue to offer a sliding scale and payment plans.

The Telluride Med Center will provide extraordinary care regardless of ability to pay. This has always been our way.

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