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jSenate Re ort P d Senator BeBrzfiY'ce Shedrick IUI" Wl~ | epartment of Human Ser- Jfinancial nroblems could be ,b W~llI~ . r ~ anci the state's Medicaid l~ for the needy people of :e a~ ~cch would be improved if a ....~;~]~I~, I have authored to puL ~le M " T ~|?. edmaid administration "m~'al~ Department of Human ~il[~ and place it under a new anoj b "-JV OeComes law. ae ~teBil1377 has already been son b H= Y the Senate Appropria- '~.~Ontrnittee and is awaiting ~e'Z:':Amration by the full Senate rglllis ..,l? modeled after a program ii~nWl~f that in the state of South ~bill would create the in ~.Zna Medical Assistance ~Y"m,.lassin' consisting of seven ; A~s aPpointed by the Gover- " --1~u confirmed by the Senate. rki~| WOuld L_ p -R . - oe responsible for .4 ne ly in '. r' as sexily,_ 5---fUnds and indigent health ~, for~ Of that amount, $250 ml~h~_~e state funds, while the re- ,ech~Qr is federal matching ~ot~:tk~00 million accounts for tof ~ half of the Department tdp~of Services' current annual iH b~t about $1.5 billion. DHS, ~f -~.r, Would still be responsible -- the state teaching is.rate-funded health pro- n, J_ aetermining the eligibili- ' J recipients. et. r~.reason for the bill is to im- the ad stra on and aCOl V , oversight of the IL?t nmds the state receives. Human Services Commis- Is .COnstitutionally-created burg~-t~ ts not answerable to the -~Ure for the decisions it . _ +~Ir, those decisions have lad in .UnPe~Years, to more than 50 ~r- ~ildidL~e annual requests for sup- - r~al fUnding by DHS. ear, DHS received a $16.5 - .-. SU.Ppleznant and over half of :o~'r~ Plernent was for Medicaid nyol~ ..... payments. It is anticipated the agency will ask for another supple- ment next year. The Medicaid program, as it is b~ ing administere~ by DHS, seems out of ontrol, bxi ~nditures are growing at a rap,d rate, ,Hth very little account'tbi"ty to the Legis- lature or to the public. It is very important that we do some long-range planning for these health expenditures instead of reac- tionary action which, in time past, have placed us in the position of receiving several millions of dollars in penalties from the federal gov- ernment. Another reason, for the bill is the inherent conflict of interest the Department of Human Services has in relation to the teaching hospitals in Oklahoma City. At present, DHS administers both the Medicaid pro- gram and the teaching hospitals, which receives a large percentage of the state's Medicaid money. While DHS is administering a statewide plan for Medicaid services, it has a vested interest in financing the .state teaching hospitals. Because of that vested interest, the teaching hospitals receive a higher reimbursement rate than other hospitals providing the same services. The teaching hospital receives a Medicaid reimbursement rate of $693 per patient per day. Some private hospitals are paid as little as $172 per patient per day for the same services. Another important aspect of the bill is a list, of priorities for Medicaid services, something which has never been done before. The first priority for services is prevention, health education and early intervention programs, especially those for children and women of child-bearing age. We have long known that prevention and intervention of medical pro- grams at an early age are far more cost-effective than long-term health c are. Hopefully, if Senate Bill 377 becomes law, it is possible the ad- ministration "of the Medicaid pro- gram will become more efficient, and the needy people from all of Oklahoma will be better served in their health care needs. ~" a I would invite anyone to contact me who might have a question or comment regarding any i~sqd~e may handle at the State Capitol. My address is; State Senator Ber- nice Shedrick, Room 428, State Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK 73105, or P. O. Box 843, Stillwater, OK 74076. My telephone number in Oklahoma City is (405) 524-0126, extension 572; in Stillwater, (405) 743-4500. ;ht s~ ,t2e| DR. E. ALAN SMITH ) y j il d vision lll il.. Care.Contact Lenses .Economical and " hL~ s Vision n~ _~t }I Soft, Extended Fashion Eyewear , mot/~" r. eilth Exams Wear, Tinted, .No Line BiFocals ,~ as Rigid Gas Perme- -Try able lenses for a tke e,~ stigmatism fter~ VPEN Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 9:00 to 5:30 Gi ] Saturday and Evenings By Appointment 'Hn * * * For Information and Appointments" Call 405-547-2500 Perkins Local Optometrist Will Participate In Health Fair D r. E. Alan Smith, Perkins' Op- tometrist, will be doing the glaucoma testings at the 1989 Payne County Free Health Fair, Saturday, March 25 at the P & R Building, 315 E. Ninth, Stillwater. Dr. Smith will be assisted in the testings by Melinda Martin, COA (Certified Optometrist Assistant}. Dr. Smith and Dr. Rick Dad- ington, Stillwater optometrist, are this year's co-chairmen of The Fair. More information will be in next week's Journal abou~ the Fair and numerous testings ~hat will be available to area residents. "O" PUBLIC SERVICE REPORT PERKINS PDLICE DEPARTMENT During the past week the Perkins Police Department served the public in the following matters: Feb. 27 - Investigating juvenile runaway case. Feb. 28- Attended a retirement par- ty for city employee Ollie Moor at the city hall Picked up 2 juveniles, transported boy to Youth Shelter, and girl went home with her parents. Investigating a new lead on the school vandalism case. Fire run to near bridge south of Perkins. M arch 1 - Responded to Hazel Scott residence for assistance on a smoke alarm that would not shut off. Checked on welfare of a resident upon request of doctor and attorney. Checking on welfare of resident on SE 4th Apartments at suggestion of doctor. Resident said her tires have been punctured 3 times in the last week. Turned in complaint to sheriff's of- fice on a trailer parked on the bridge east of Perkins Builder's Supply. Verbal warning for left of center and no tail lamps. Car had blown a fuse. March 2 - Sheriff asked this office to check on Southwestern Bell tower bufldinqg north of Perkins. Found door open. Sheriff's office notifiecL Responded to alarm at Museum. Was set off accidentally. Opened a vehicle lockout at Del- Mar's. Three officers responded when a parent reported two juveniles assaulted his son and hauled him off in their car. Stopped the two juveniles in their vehicle and charged them with possession of beer and transpor- ting an open container. The juveniles and their parents in consultation at the police station. March 3 - Responded to report of a prowler on SE 3rd Street. Checked out a suspicious person at residence on SE 3rd. Was brother of the resident. Responded to a call that children were messing around with a satellite dish on private property. Investigating report of a child be- ing bitten by a dog on a chain. Could not make contact. March 4 - Door at Bob's Pizza found open at 12:30 a. m. Owner came to secure the door. Report by a motorist of a wreck on Highway 177 near Carney cemetery. Lincoln county on the scene. Responded to a family disturbance on Sharp Street. Man agreed to leave the residence. Report that a chained dog bit a child on the arm. Dog owner advised to keep animal under observation for 10 days. Dog had 4 pups. Stopped motorist for running a stop sign at Main and Kirk. Motorist said he ran the stop sign because no one was coming. This officer advised the motorist there would be no more warnings issued to him. Unlocked a vehicle lockout at Baker's Store. Responded to possible stroke vic- tim at 203 E. Kenworthy. Victim transported to Stillwater Medical Center by ambulance. M arch 5 - Lockout at Mac's Corner Corral. A small child locked parents out when they went inside. Was able to open. Investigating report that a motorist slid into the Perkins Coun- try Estates entrance sign on Highway 33. Advised her she was responsible for any damage. -O- sell 1~i aibs incip. childP1 ,f the I~ Congratulations To All of the Participants of the 1989 Jr. Spring Livestock Show for a very successful event. We would also like to commend all of the Vo-Ag Instructors, 4-H Leaders, Parents and Local Par- ticipants in the Premium Sale that made this year's show one of the best ever. Lobby Hours: Mon.. Fri. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 noon Drive-In Hours: Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday 7:50 a.m. - 12 noon MONEY ORDERS STOLEN MORRIS - A daylight robbery of the Schulter post office by a p air of armed, black masked men netted them about 200 blank postal money orders, and an undertermined amount of cash. The robbers were thoughtful enough to take the machine that punches the amount of money on- to the money orders. Merchants are being warned about cashing money orders from unfamiliar individuals. "O" P-T School (From Page 1) quired), and March 31 as a profes- sional day so teachers can attend the SEA zone meeting. Learned from assistant superintendent Milton Davis that the spray paint vandalism on the gymnasium area cost $404 to clean up. The incident occurred after the ballgame with Channel 4 Foul Shots. There are some leads, but no strong case developed yet, Davis said. -It was reported that the athletic department has pur- chased warm ups for the baseball team, and panic bars have been replaced throughout the school buildings. Some painting and maintenance was undertaken dur- ing spring break. The schoolprotested and has reluctantly paidfor repair of win- dows by a Stillwater glass firm which far exceeded the estimate. The estimate was $560.00, and the billing was for over $1000. There are 466 enrolled in elementary. Dr. John Thompsen, local dentist, screened 82 kindergarten students and found eight students with a tooth problem High school principal Jim Hyder said enrollment in that division ranges from 333 to 335 consistently. 'Hyder revealed that P-T has entered to create the Tri-County Conference with Tulsa, Creek and Payne County. Schools partici- pating are P-T, Cushing, Bristow, Kellyville and Cascia Hall. At the present, only sports of basketball, wrestling, track, golf, tennis and b aseball are involved. No penalty if a school does not offer a sport. By 1991, freshman football will be added. Hyder said hopefully other hools in the area will enter. ~- A pre-determination hearing concerning the release of the con- tract of Oscar Randall who has taught industrial arts for the past years, was held. Randall did not appear. Supt. Don Dale read a letter that Randall signed in- dicating he was aware of the ac- tion and the hearing and did not choose to appear. The letter stated, "the positi~a you current- ly hold was eliminated by board action on February 6. According to the board's Reduction in Force policy, you are entitled to be placed in another area in which you are certified. However, cur- rent plans do not include areas in next year's curriculum in which you are qualified. Therefore, I recommend that your contract not be renewed for the 1989-90 year." The board voted to ap- ~erOVe the action, then signed a tter of appreciation for Oscar Randall's years of service to the district. ,~ The board renewed an annual $3480 contract with Data Pro- cessing Company of Ponca City. The contract was up $180 from the previous contract. ,,'Approved a staff develop- ment committee. ,~Entered executive session at 9:25 p.m. to discuss evaluations and recommendations of re- employment of faculty for the coming year. When the board returned from executive session, they voted to rehire the faculty except for one special education teacher Maria Goldstein. Supt. Dale said the student count is down among special education classes, and her employment was tabled until a count can be taken and it be determined whether her services will be needed next year. -O" The Perkins Journal Thursday, March 9, 1989 -- PAGE 3 House Report by Rep. Jessie Pilgrim A beer battle is brewing in the Legislature. A battle between beer brewers and retail liquor dealers is heating up on the sale of cold 3.2 beer in grocery and convenience stores. The retail liquor dealers cap- tured some ground in the war this week with the passage of SB 108. It was a floor amendment to SB 108 that has placed beer and liquor lobbies at odds. The amendment to SB 108 was slipped in on the Senate floor during debate on thebill. The amendment, by Senator Paul Talia- ferro, prohibits the sale of cold 3.2 beer in grocery and convenience stores. The amendment requires that beer sold for off-premises con- sumption be sold at room tempera- ture. The sale of cold 3.2 beer in bars and restaurants for on the premise consumption would be per- mitted. Current law already re- quires that strong beer--beer in ex- cess of 3.2 percent alcohol by weight--be sold at room tempera- ture and only in retail liquor stores. Senate Bill 108, with the amend- ment, passed the Senate 47-0 and has been sent to the House for its consideration. The current fight is purely an economic one between the beer and liquor lobbies. It is a turf battle in the purest sense. Let me how who you support--the beer lobby or the liquor lobby. Aside from the amendment, SB 108 addressed a serious problem ex- isting under current law. The bill addresses the problem of 'Idddie bars". Kiddie bars are bars where minors can be admitted. After be- ing admitted, some then get an older friend to purchase a mixed drink or beer for them. Senate Bill 108 gives the Alcoholic Beverage Laws E nforcemont Commission au- thority to regulate kiddie bars. With this additional authority, the ABLE Commission can stop this practice in kiddie bars. The House did something good for foster children this week. The He'use passed HB 1403 by a vote of 96-0. This bill requires that members of local foster care review boards undergo training upon their initial appointment and attend at least one training program annual- ly. The local foster care review board is the board that reviews per ding child abuse and neglect cas~. The bored reviews the cases and oversees what actions have ~i een taken by the Department of urn, an Services and juvenile judge. T'~ board then evaluates the case tmo makes recommendations to the j uve ~le judge or, what act~n should be taken in the case. House Bill 1403 provides for the training of members and, as a result, a bet- ter qualified, foster care review board. -" A floor amendment to HB 1403, which I authore~ provides for the re~novai of b~ard members who m:e no longer ~t to serve on the bvard. Under current law, a board member serves a three-year term. Current law has no provision for removal df an unfit member. My amendment, which was adopted, provides for the removal of beard members for any of the following reasons: "Incapaci- ty, incompef~mce, neglect of dut);, misfeasance or malfeasance in d- rice, conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude, unsuitability to perform the duties specified for members of the review board, Or other similar causes." :.. This provision is necessary.to in- sure that unfit beard members removed. The board has an im~r- tant responsibility in its role~ Of oversight of foster care cases. On- ly qualified and fit persons shoulti be permitted to serve on such an important board. 0 "~ If you have an opinion on anygf the above bills, please let me know. My address at the Capitol is Oklahoma State Capitol, Ro~m 338, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. My of- fice telephone number at the Capitol is {405} 521-2711. In Cushing, my mailing address is~. O. Box 1601, Cushing, Oklahoma 74023. My office telephone ntln~ff is {918} 225-1290. I certainly want to hear from you concerning your views and opinions on legislatP~e issues. ~ ' O and our trainin we are ready to process THE PERKINS DRUG STORE Phone: Steve Willingham, Owner.Pharmacist HOURS: Mon. Fri. 8:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday: 8:30 to 1 p.m. 547-2079 Perkins 246 S. Emergency Night Number: 547-5069 Become a member of "The Firm" you can be slimmed, trimmed & toned by Spring! F~ To~, Se.,oo Ill No Physical Exit= ] II Jrl De" AnThe Wrk l|l ii/I a ...AnYouS0oA' :]lI a[mon. 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