In a unanimous vote this morning, Hamilton County commissioners agreed to transfer $10 million of Erlanger money that the hospital will use to draw as much as $30 million in federal funds to offset care for the uninsured.
The maneuver, known as an intergovernmental transfer, allows the county to transfer $10 million of Erlanger money through the state and federal government. That money will be used to draw millions more from what’s called the Public Hospital Supplemental Payment Pool.
Erlanger executives learned in early April that the hospital, which has struggled financially in recent years, that the hospital would have access to the supplemental payment pool.
Erlanger had been left out of the pool while both Nashville General Hospital and the Regional Medical Center in Memphis have received millions from it. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services approved a waiver to include Erlanger.
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Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...