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Wilson Daily Times (Newspaper) - April 21, 1990, Wilson, North Carolina Telephone 243-5151 classified 237-sell circulation 243-5972 weekend edition Erma Marks 25 years Sim lifestyle Page in i vol. 94, no. 54the Wilson daily times established 18% Wilson n.c., saturday morning april 21, 199 1 58 pages 6 sections 50redistricting Battle May be Over. But the War by Dee Doles daily times staff writer a recently approved redistricting plan for Wilson county schools May have signalled the end of a two year Battle Over student assignments but according to one . Justice department official the War May not be Over. A we do want to do it examine the plan As quickly As we can and it is currently being looked at a a Nat Douglas with the Justice department in Washington. D.c., said Friday in a Telephone interview. A we basically have two concerns. First whether or not a plan or organizational Structure will create schools that Are. Racially imbalanced also anything. That May give concern for the Quality of education for any students particularly minority the Wilson county Board of education approved in february by a 4-3 vote a modified version of one of two Pupil reassignment plans developed through a yearlong Effort by a Community task Force. Despite the fact the Board of d the plan it still cannot be legally implemented until it passes Muster with two other official bodies. This requirement for outside approval is a direct result of a 1970 lawsuit Whitley and Lewis is. The Wilson City Board of education. Filed against the pre merger Wilson City schools during integration this Case continues to influence the Wilson system today because of an existing court order this court order mandates any changes made in attendance lines in Wilson county since 1970 must be submitted to the Justice department and the Federal courts for approval. Wilson county schools attorney Bobby Jones confirmed Friday the new redistricting plan on schedule to be effected for the upcoming school year was submitted to the Justice department March 23. A was soon As the Justice department provides us with their input we will then ask the court to approve the redistricting plan Quot Jones said. A the Only thing the courts interested in is that we have a school system that is an integrated school criteria from the Justice department however May be a Little stiffer than from the Federal court according to Douglas. A we have attorneys look at what is going to be the end result of the clinics change payment rules by Cathy Quimby daily times staff writer Wilson and Carolina clinics Are introducing a new method of collecting patient Bills that requires the office visit charge to be paid at the time a person sees the physician. The change is not really a new policy hut one the clinics have begun to enforce said Earl Bassett chief financial officer of clinical management co. Csc is a wholly owned subsidiary of the clinics and provides administrative services to the facilities. Signs have been posted in office areas and even More will be displayed soon he said. Patients receiving monthly statements will also receive a flier explaining the change in collections which also applies to patients covered by health insurance. A this is not an unreasonable Way to conduct business but it is different from what a been done in the past and that a Why its creating discussions a Bassett said. A the policy being enforced requires patients to pay at least the Cost of their office visit after seeing a physician he estimated an average office visit to be Between $35 and $50. Previously patients were billed in a monthly statement for physicians services. Clients who have not paid anything on their accounts for 60 Days Are considered delinquent and will be asked to pay the balance of their Bill before seeing a physician Bassett said. If the patient cannot pay his balance he will be asked to pay at least $50 toward it he said. The clinics charge 18 percent annual interest on the unpaid balance. Bassett did not have figures on How Many accounts were in delinquent status for the clinics. Patients who have met their out of pocket insurance deductible for the year will be asked to pay the office visit charge but will be refunded within 30 Days after the insurance company reimburses the clinic Bassett said. Knowing which patients have met their deductible goal for the year would be hard to keep track of he said. A How does the Secretary identify them As being one of those a he said. A because of the volume of patient sit makes it in 1989, the clinics had 600,000 patient visits. Another difficulty in collecting charges occurs when the patient mistakenly believes his group or private insurance will pick up the Bill when it May pay Only a portion or none of the Cost Bassett said a there Are so Many different insurance policies written today there a no easy Way of knowing what the insurance company is going to pay a he said. In the Case of an outpatient surgical procedure the patients insurance company will be consulted before the surgery is performed to determine what portion it will pay Bassett said. If it will not pay too percent the patient will be asked to pay the difference before it is done. All of the physicians at the clinics accept medicaid and medicare assignment. This Means they accept for payment whatever the government considers the prevailing rate. The amount the physician is reimbursed is less than it costs to provide the care Bassett said. The clinics Are allowed to claim a loss on the difference Between their Cost and the government reimbursement. In 1989, the clinics level of uncompensated care totalled $9.6 million about 25 percent of total patient charges of $40 million. The figure see clinics Page 2a $53.34 billion March budget deficit pushes . Past 1990 target figure Washington a the government posted a $53.34 billion budget deficit in March a a monthly record a pushing the imbalance past the Gramm Rudman 1990 target in just six months the Treasury p pertinent reported Friday. The March Gap Between spending and revenues produced a deficit of $150.85 billion for the fiscal year that began oct. I 17.5 percent More than the $128.4 billion imbalance during the first half of 1989. Revenues last month were Dow n 4.9 percent from March 1989 to $64.82 billion while spending Rose 13.6 percent to $118.16 billion. The $53.34 billion difference was the widest monthly Gap since a $39.4 billion imbalance was posted in May 1986, according to James Blum assistant director of the congressional budget office. Louis Crandall an economist with . Wrightson of new York said the deficit so far this year Points to a return to $200 billion imbalances that existed until recently. Crandall attributed most of the March deficit to Federal Deposit insurance corp. Payments spending by the Resolution Trust corp. To bail out failed savings and Loans expedited income tax refunds As a result of electronic filing systems and Federal Reserve losses because of the falling value of its foreign currency reserves. The Gramm Rudman deficit reduction Law set a target of $100 Bilbo for the total fiscal 1990 deficit. But the Law sets no penalties if the actual deficit ends up exceeding the target an eventuality that has occurred every year since Gramm Rudman was enacted in 1985. The Bush administration budget last january estimated the 1990 deficit to be $123.8 billion. The congressional budget office in March projected the deficit would be $159 billion. For the six month period revenues totalled $458.29 billion up 3.9 percent from the first six months of 1989. Spending totalled $609.15 billion a 6.98 percent increase. As usual the biggest spending categories in March were for the military social Security and other programs in the department of health and human services and interest on the National debt. Military spending totalled $28.69 billion in March and $145.47 billion so far this year. It is projected to total $286.79 billion for the entire fiscal year. Social Security payments amounted to $20.33 billion for the month and $119.38 billion for the year so far. They Are expected to total $244.59 billion for the year. Other has programs including medicare and medicaid totalled $17.40 billion in March and $191.17 billion for the year. Interest on the National debt totalled $17.54 billion during february and $254.85 billion for the cleanup Anchorage Alaska apr workers spread booms in environmentally sensitive Waters on Friday to Days before Exxon Crews return to Prince William sound to resume cleaning up the nations largest Oil spill. A ship left Seward carrying nine contract employees an Exxon supervisor two Boom deployment specialists and observers from the coast guard and the state department of environmental conservation said Joe Tucker an Exxon spokesman in abby.2c business.3a church.2-31 classified.4-8c, 1-6e comics.4d deaths.2a editorial.4a feature.7 a lifestyle.1-3c local news.1-3a medical column.3c school menus.6a sports.1-5b plan what is going to be provided for the different schools Over the years a he said. A complaints from Community persons have to be considered Douglas stated his office had received Calls from parents and other citizens from Wilson county and their comments were being taken into consideration in the evaluation process. He would not elaborate further on How Many Calls were received or what specifically was their Content. Further Douglas stated any changes which occurred regarding Pupil reassignment in the last 20 years will be scrutinized. Wilson City schools Elm City schools and Wilson county schools merged in 1978 into what is now Wilson county schools. Two new High schools were added at that time. In addition two new Middle schools we Ere built and further student reassignments were made in 1987. Former school Board counsel Pat Fleming stated to the task Force in april of last year the courts were aware of the changes wrought by merger. At that time Hardy Rose who see Battle Page 2a Bush eyeing lithuanian crackdown he terms Moscow a actions a another unfortunate step Orlando Fla. A the Bush administration criticized Moscow a escalating crackdown on Lithuania As a another unfortunate step Friday and said president Bush would summon leaders of Congress next week to discuss possible retaliatory action. The situation in the breakaway Baltic Republic darkened amid reports that Moscow was blocking food shipments after sharply reducing fuel supplies. Witnesses in the capital City of Vilnius also said red army soldiers stormed into a printing Plant and beat civilian guards. A we Are increasingly concerned by news reports today of an economic crackdown on Lithuania a White House press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater said accompanying Bush on a political trip to Birmingham and Orlando. Bush did not comment on the matter. A although our information is sketchy we Are disturbed that this signals another unfortunate step in the pressure being brought to Bear by the soviet Union on Lithuania a Fitzwater said Reading from prepared remarks. This statement represented a toughening of the administrations rhetoric intended to match the increase in soviet action and put pressure on Moscow to relax tension. By delaying any . Response until next week Bush in effect gave soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev a few More Days to reconsider his tactics to Force Lithuania to drop its efforts to succeed from the soviet Union. Bush during a tour of Orlando a sea world Park was asked Why he was waiting until next week to respond to soviet actions. A a lot of consultations going on a he replied. Hopeful of preserving .-soviet relations and prospects for nuclear arms negotiations Bush has reacted cautiously Over the last few weeks to soviet intimidation of Lithuania. A we continue to urge the soviet Union to pursue a peaceful course of dialogue in the Hopes that this matter can be resolved in a responsible manner a Fitzwater said. He said Bush had stepped up consultation with allies about actions the United states would take and Steps that other nations might adopt. Fitzwater said the president would Complete his deliberations next week. A at that time president Bush would meet congressional leaders to advise them on our consultations and to discuss possible courses of action a Fitzwater said. Asked if Bush would announce after the meeting with congressional leaders what he plans to do Fitzwater said. A i would assume that we would be prepared to announce actions fairly soon after see Bush Page 2a a precarious economic year ahead for soviets Washington a . Intelligence experts painted a grim picture of the soviet unions Economy Friday saying the Reform efforts of president Mikhail s. Gorbachev Are failing to take hold and predicting an unstable year ahead. A soviet economic performance was abysmal in 1989, the worst since Gorbachev took Over in 1985, said John l. Helgerson the Central intelligence Agency a Deputy director for intelligence. The joint Cia defense intelligence Agency report to Congress also noted a 4 percent to 5 percent drop in real soviet defense spending last year strengthening the position of those in Congress seeking larger Pentagon budget cuts. The study also forecast a a a daunting Road ahead for the democratically elected governments of former soviet satellite countries in Eastern Europe. Included in the forecast High unemployment Price increases and falling wages. On the other hand it said that Poland and other countries Are making Good starts at attracting the private investment needed for recovery. Helgerson cited declines or stagnation in the Industrial construction and transportation sectors of the soviet Economy and said the country a Energy production dropped last year for the first time in four decades. Consumer prices Rose an estimated 6 percent shoppers had to turn to Black Market sources for goods and essentials were rationed. We Hile per capita consumption increased during the year a this was largely due to Sharp increases in sales of alcoholic beverages and imports of consumer goods that could not be supplied by the soviet system Helgerson told the congressional joint economic committee. In an Effort to meet consumer demand the soviets boosted imports of some items and coupled with a decline in Oil exports piled up a $1.4 billion Trade deficit he said. Overall economic growth for 1989 was about 1.5 percent the report said but noted that even that figure is misleading because it is based on dubious statistics see soviets Page 2a raising concern years ago ill an Effort to heighten the much longer scenes such As the one above will be o # worlds awareness of the environment Earth Day commonplace throughout the world. For a look at for fragile Earth was first held. Now despite increasing interest. Earth Day past and present see today a feature environmentalists Are raising questions As to How on Page 7a. Photo by Gray Whitley

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