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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas • IWf o Area Indigent health bill will effect area See below Comal River..........211 cfs (down 4) Water Car,y°ninflow..........123 cfs (up 7) , Canyon outflow ........195 cfs (same) Watch Edwards Aquifer  623.62 (down .11) Canyon Lake level ... 907.11 (down .12) New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels, Texas mC- f— — rn-    ***    ^    /    C'    CT CR! IRLEx J Nr MITCH WOMBLE P-0- £OX 454 V-. FALLAS, Tx 75245 Local Teachers start school a week earlier than students See inside Tuesday September 3,1985 25 Cents 1 4 Pages — 1 Section Inside Health care law will have impact on area By SARAH DUKE Staff writer A new health care law went into effect Monday and it will have an impact on Comal and every county in Texas. The law states that each county must provide up to IO percent of its revenue for health care for indigents. “It (the new law) will have a major impact on Comal County,” said Mary Brotze, administrative assistant to the county commissioners. If the need for indigent health care is greater than IO percent of the county’s revenue, the state will pay 90 percent of the extra expenses and the county will pay IO percent. Brotze said she does not know y-et how much money the program will cost the county or how many people in the county will be considered indigents. She said that the county is waiting for the state to determine who is considered indigents and what type of care must be provided. McKenna Hospital, Comal County’s only hospital, will serve as the county’s health care provider. Marion P. “Johnny” Johnson, McKenna’s administrator, said that he does not expect the bill to have a major impact because the hospital is already obligated to provide as much as $150,000 in charity cases “We are obligated to meet the public’s needs,” Johnson said. “The hospital has never turned anyone down.” Johnson said McKenna’s staff is anticipating working with the county and negotiating plans for the hospital. “The residents of Comal County have not had any real responsibility for indigent health care in the past,” Johnson said of the two years he has worked as the hospital’s administrator. He added that McKenna does not receive money from any governmental agency — county, state or federal. Brotze said the county has maintained a clinic that gives free immunization and vaccination shots to anyone needing them. That is ti .a only health service provided by the county. McKenna is obligated to provide charity care because the hospital received a guaranteed loan from the federal government and must meet certain requirements. In 1984, McKenna had 120 cases that went unpaid, amounting to $156,207. Brotze said McKenna will not always be required by law to provide health care to indigents. “They will have fulfilled their requirements in another eight or nine years,” she said The new health care law requires counties without public hospitals, like Comal County, to provide certain mandatory ser- By SARAH DUKE Staff writer Sen. John Traeger, of Seguin, said Friday that Texas has been inadequate in providing health care to the poor and was in desperate need of an indigent health care program. The health care legislation, signed by Governor Mark White June 14, makes counties responsible for providing care for the poor. Comal County will have to provide up to IO percent of its revenue for indigent health care. Traeger served as the chairman of the Indigent Health Care Committee that studied the health program rn Texas and worked to pass the indigent health care bill during the special session of the vices. Those services include rural health clinics, laboratory and X-ray services and family planning services. Brotze said she expects that the county will have to provide some new health services. When asked about providing legislature. The bill was sponsored by Traeger and Hep Jesse Oliver of Dallas. “We (the committee) realized that we would have to find some way to deal with this problem,” Traegersaid “One of our major objectives was to make sure that no person in the state of Texas would be denied care because they couldn’t pay for it,” he said. Traeger added that a lot of private hospitals in the state were not providing any type of care for indigents. “We found about IOO counties with no major health facility for the poor,” Traeger said “In those counties, poor patients simply had health clinics out in the county, she said that the law has no requirements about decentralized healthcare. “But if we find large segments of population that are not provided for. we would have to See HEALTH, Page 3 to be transported to other counties where they could be treated,” He said that another important problem with Texas health care was that there was not prenatal care program in the state “We found in many cases the first time poor pregnant women were receiving professional care was when they walked into a hospital in labor,” Traeger said. He added that Texas is way up on the list of child birth deaths Texas also has a disproportionately high rate of birth defects. In part, birth defects are caused by poor nutrition and health care during the pregnancy, Tracker See TRAEGER, Page 3 Traeger backs law providing for indigent care Area police have busy weekend By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer It was a busy holiday weekend for police in New Braunfels. There were 15 accidents — including four motorcycle wrecks — over the I.abor Day weekend. Many of the accidents were minor. “We had a lot of minors,” said New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wom-rnack. "And (they) amounted to pretty good property damage.” Between 5 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday, Wominack said, there were 205 calls for police service. Police officers made 36 arrests, which included four arrests for driving while intoxicated and 20 arrests for public intoxication. tast summer’s booking sheet was shorter — there were 186 calls for service during the same period, amounting to 24 arrests. Wommack said there were seven accidents — one major — last year. “We zipped right on ahead," the lieutenant said, attributing the rise in the increased number of tourists in town this year. However, things weren’t so busy in the county. “Considering it was a major weekend,” said Sheriff s Lt. Brian John, “We had a very quiet weekend." A Sheriff’s Department dispatcher said, “The highlight of my shift was a woman called in last night and said there was something hissing under her front steps. I sent an officer out there and it turned out to be a possum.” Details of the weekend’s major See POLICE, Page 3 Summer ends with big splash By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer It was definitely a scorcher, but at least there was plenty of water to cool off in this summer. That’s the way most folks will remember the summer of 1985, which ended with a big splash over the I.abor Day weekend. Almost 100,000 visitors poured into Canyon I .ake parks, while many more concentrated on getting wet in the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. But there wasn't much to splash about last summer. By the time the I.abor Day weekend had rolled around, outfitters along the Guadalupe liad to spend money to make money, buying water from Canyon I .ake just to give their customers something to float in. “The main differences between last summer and this summer were water and people," said Betty Walls with Texas Canoe Trails. “We also tried to stress communication and education this summer, and had an opportunity to do so with more water and more people.” Walls also said river maps will be updated before next summer to add to the outfitters’ education efforts. The new maps will better mark the rapids, and will be available at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office and the River Road gatehouse in time for next summer’s guests F.ddie Martin, manager of Whitewater Sports, summed up this summer by saying, “We had high water, lots of sunshine, and fewer problems.” Canyon Reservoir Manager Philip Parsley said a total of 93,000 people visited Canyon I^ake parks over the three-day holiday. That was less than the 140,000 visitors recorded over Memorial Day weekend last May, but more than the 56,000 who came to visit I .a bor Day last summer. “After two relatively dry years and last year’s very dry spell, I would say the visitors came back very nicely,” Parsley said. See SUMMER, Page 3 Back to school On their way Lf St lf KRIEWALDT MEKA! O ZF'TUNG Coriane Pacheco and her sister Dana Pacheco are on their way to the bus stop today for the first day of school. Both girls, Dana, a fifth grader and Loraine, a fourth grader, look like they are anticipating the year Both Comal and New Braunfels started school today Two stabbed over holiday New Braunfels Police expect to arrest two Latin males following an early-Sunday morning double stabbing in the city’s West End. Meanwhile, one of the two victims. 33-year-old Emeterio Sanchez of New Braunfels, remains in McKenna Memorial Hospital suffering from two stab wounds The other victim, 25-year-old Gemente Sanchez (who is Emeterio Sam iez’ nephew) was released from McKenna Sunday following treatment for stab wounds in the leg and ribs. New Braunfels Police Det Mario Guerrero said today that a scuffle occurred about 12:23 Sunday morning near 109 Rosedale when the two Sanchez men met two other I .atm males. One of the defendants cut Emeterio in the chest and the right side of his body near his ribs, while the othei man stabbed Clemente, Guerrero said. Witnesses say the suspects fled in a large brown car. Guerrero said the men were aequaintences and that arrests are pending. Holiday deaths exceed estimates By The ASSOCIATED PRESS Today's weather Same old forecast — sunny and hot days and fair and warm nights will continue, at least through tomorrow Highs will be near IOO and lows will drop to the mid-70s. Southerly winds will reach 15 mph Yesterday’s high was 105 and this morning'c low was 76 Sunset tonight is at 7:51 p.m. and sunrise Wednesday is at 7 IO a in. CLASSIFIED IO 13 COMICS 89 CROSSWORD 3 DEAR ABBY 3 DEATHS 2 HOROSCOPE 2 OPINIONS 4 SPORTS _ _7 STOCKS 10 WEATHER    2 Accidents on Texas highways during the l^bor Day weekend killed 47 people, exceeding the original prediction by two, the Department of Public Safety reported today. During the similar 78-hour period last year. 41 Texans were killed and five others died later of injuries The count began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday State officials had expected 45 people to die "One factor we can point to is the lack of safety belt use We had over a dozen accidents in which use of the safety belt could have made a difference,” said DPS spokesman David Wells Also, another factor was that we had more auto-pedestrian accidents that we’ve been seeing during recent holiday periods.” Eighteen deaths were reported from single-vehicle accidents, while ll others died in vehicle-pedestrian accidents, Wells said See DEATHS, Page 3 ;

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