Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pike County School Nurses Program facing cuts

A program that school officials say allows their parents to feel much more comfortable with having their child in school, whether they have chronic illness or not. Now, due to financial issues the nurses could be pulled out of the schools.

It is a program that provides healthcare for hundreds of children in Pike County

The program puts a nurse in each Pike County school, but now officials say they are not generating enough revenue...putting the program in jeopardy.

Their revenue is created by billing for medicaid students they serve, but officials say since being switched to the state's managed care model they continue to see a decrease in their reimbursement.

In addition to the reduction of money coming in, the health department is also required to pay 30 percent of each dollar back to the state.

Both school and health officials say they are doing everything possible to keep the nurse program in the schools, and are now working to find any available money to fund the program.

Superintendent David Lester says in past years the district has paid $100,000 out of a general fund to help fund the program, but this year it is simply not enough.