Texas hospitals are preparing to recover losses for uninsured COVID-19 patients
Texas hospitals are preparing to recover losses for uninsured COVID-19 patients

Texas hospitals are preparing to recover losses for uninsured COVID-19 patients

More than $ 3 billion in federal money has flowed to Texas health care providers in recent months to help pay for COVID-19 treatments, tests and vaccines for patients without health insurance, according to national health authorities.

Of that, a small portion – about $ 2.2 million – went to the local independent hospital in Titus County in the countryside to treat patients under wave after overwhelming wave of the devastating virus in an area where 1 in 3 residents is uninsured.

But the 174-bed Titus Regional Medical Center in Northeast Texas needed every penny it could get as it struggled to cover the sudden pandemic, skyrocketing expenses: paying staff competitive salaries to keep them on the job, complying with federal security rules and deal with a record number of patients flowing into the intensive care unit from a radius of 150 miles, said CEO Terry Scoggin.

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