Thursday, the Jefferson County Commission took a step to get a handle on its healthcare cost for the poor in the county. Commissioners voted for a new healthcare agreement with UAB.
The agreement will cover inpatient care services at UAB for those who can't afford insurance. The deal calls for a $10 million cap on UAB and other hospitals who enter into an agreement with the county.
"That $10 million cap is for the all of hospitals that have indigent care for us. If more money needs to be allocated, you can come back to the commission and the county will have control and we can make sure all of our patients are served," Commissioner Sandra Little Brown said.
County Manager Tony Petelos said he is still negotiating with other Birmingham area hospitals to also join the agreement.
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