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Englewood Sun (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, Englewood, Florida Inside your Sun Herald obituaries our town 6 lottery front 4 town 2 oped. Front 13 viewpoint front 12 world front 6 feeling fit a new treatment reverses the effects of a stroke within hours for a North port Man. Our town Lemon Bay High Grad Dies after at Accident opinion under the Microscope find out Why David Broder says George w. Is not being aggressive enough. Colet Al feet i Nebraska tens 22 b Navy Amy to 8 sports Esters swept away by we to 84-7 Root Florida fell in the penalty plagued Sec championship matchup Downing its bus Hopes. clues because of a production error some of today a Puzzle clues were clipped off. For a Complete list of clues see our town 12. Sun Herald vol. 107 no. 339 sunday december 5,1999 $1.25 today s news headlines in 8 minutes nation a Savosh # 4 Hill if a i 1r tin or firefighters killed two firefighters ran out of air. Four firefighters went in to Rescue their colleagues. None returned. The six Are believed to have died in a five Story warehouse Blaze in Worcester mass. A see front Pege 2 our town a turnaround in delinquency a More tools and More eyes May be responsible for the decrease in juvenile delinquency a judge said. A see our town Pege 1 Statt Cital Annas mourn loss anguished marchers gathered to mourn the cuban migrants who drowned off Florida a coast last week As they attempted to reach the Shore. A see front Pege to world is Styli Tilro Udud in mystery billionaire banker Edmond Safra was still alive when firefighters arrived at his burning apartment but he ignored their pleas to come out of a locked bathroom where he then suffocated. A sea front Pege 0 nation Watov my Mara and losses As protesters swarmed the streets a Spray painted message blossomed Quot we re winning a done to a see front Pege 2 sports ars Yau Randy Tor a showdown the buccaneers 7-4 and the Vikings 7-4 Battle for first place in the pfc Central monday night. A see sports Page i business Imi Banks Toad Deposit growth big Banks in Charlotte county lost yearly $50 million in total deposits Between june 1998 and june 1999, while Small Banks picked up almost $40 million according to the Florida Bankers association. A in business Page i Sun Ini huh of the Day in in Emo Wood Itta got the Beach. Ifs got the Good life. Check out Englewood at map sic hons main news sports our town classifieds business feeling fit Sun coast living 007 Chari of says it wee to Cool that there were to Many people it the Chr Leetmaa Parade. Weather ifs getting warmer. Ugh la Lew it Sun Herald illustration by Scott m. Ladd ensuring care for the uninsured hospitals clinics try to work with indigent to provide health services by Roselle Zayas staff writer _ until she lost her Job in May Carol Hill did not have to worry about paying for medical care because she had insurance. But without insurance a you re out of Luck unless you go to the emergency room a she said. Marilyn Fite a registered nurse who volunteers with Christian health ministries an organization which offers a free clinic for people without health insurance said people who cannot afford care May wait to see a doctor until they have a problem. Then they either go to the clinic for help or to the emergency room she said. In fact Fite remembers when she worked As an obstetrics nurse at Bon Secours St. Joseph Hospital she would see pregnant women come into the emergency room who had not seen a doctor for the entire term of their pregnancy. In an emergency hospitals do not turn people away regardless of their ability to pay a its the Law. Under the emergency medical treatment and labor act or Nemtala hospitals Are not allowed to turn away poor patients during emergency situations. Nemtala is a provision of the consolidated omnibus budget reconciliation act which is designed to prevent hospitals from refusing to treat patients please see care Page 4 clinic helps those who have a fallen through cracks by Roselle Zayas staff writer _ he Lan ginning an emergency room doctor at Fawcett memorial feb Hospital in port Charlotte saw too Many people ignored by the health a a system whose Only recourse was to go to the hospitals or to get med a ical treatment. That a what prompted him to Start a free medical clinic a year ago. The clinic provides care for people who have a fallen through the cracks a those who Are uninsured or under insured but May not qualify for medicaid. For Many of these patients a anything is better than what they had a he said. Carol Hill Learned about the clinic from a neighbor. She said without insurance her Only Otter option would have been to go to the emergency room for care. Hill said the doctor examined problems with her legs and referred her to see an orthopaedic specialist. The doctor also suggested vocational rehabilitation and training. Please tee cracks Page 4 Nemtala facts a the emergency medical treatment and labor act was passed in 1986. It is part of the Section of the . Code that governs medicare. Nemtala it an Antl dumping Law that works to prevent hospitals from refusing to treat patients or transferring them to a a Charity or county hospitals during an emergency because they Are unable to pay or Are covered by medicare or medicaid. A the Law applies to most hospitals in the United states with the possible exception of the shrines Hospital for crippled children. A hospitals that violate the provisions of Nemtala can face penalties such As the termination of their medicare provider agreement and fines Between $25,000 and $50,000. A patient can sue the Hospital for personal injury in civil court. A receiving facility can also bring suit against the Hospital to recover damages. A a physician violating the provisions of Nemtala can a fined $50,000 per violation and be excluded from medicare and medicaid programs. Sources , american College of emergency physicians Sun Herald photo by Jonathan Fredin Volunteer nurse Marilyn fits right reviews medical records with a patient saturday at the free clinic at first Alliance Church in port Charlotte. Definitions a self pay patients who pay for their medical care either in a Lump aum or through payment arrangements with the Hospital. A medicaid Federal program that covers medical expenses for the indigent. Medicaid benefits Are based on a list of criteria. A medicare Federal health insurance program for senior citizens. A Charity a designation that some hospitals give to patients who can to afford to pay for care but May not qualify for medicaid. The designation is determined by the individual Case. Is a faster better cheaper to blame Pasadena Calif. Apr anxiously waiting for a second Day Nasa scientists hoped saturday for a signal from the still silent Mars Polar Lander a Craft some say May Lune been in trouble even before it left the launch pad la months ago. Weeks before the $165 million Craft began its descent toward the red planet questions were being raised about the Mission and whether it might he doomed by tight budgets and under staffing. Attempts to detect signals from the spacecraft were to continue with a transmission window opening saturday night. It has not been heard f rom since Friday when it began its fiery descent toward Mars. Mission controllers say they Lune not exhausted All the simple explanations for the Lack of a signal like a misprinted Antenna or a computer reset. The spacecraft was Iii Good shape and on course just before communications ended As expected before the descent. A a we re remaining upbeat a said Richard Cook the spacecraft s project operations manager at Nasa s Jet propulsion Laboratory. A we have prepared Tor various scenarios and we re try ing All the but the embarrassing sept. 2j loss of the Lander a $125 million sibling spacecraft the Mars climate orbiter is not far from the minds of engineers and scientists at pc the space Agency is Lead Center for planetary exploration. Please see Lander Page 5

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