The Riley County Health Department will no longer offer safety net primary care services – beginning this Friday.
Department director Brenda Nickel told the county commission that the Primary Care Clinic has been unable to secure a full-time provider for medical and prescribing services since February.
Affected patients were notified by mail Monday.
Effective Friday, the clinic will no longer offer chronic disease treatment, lab work, education and counseling, referrals to specialists, or free and discounted prescriptions.
Some of these services will, however, remain available through the department’s public health clinic.
“The health department is committed to assisting individuals that are uninsured or underinsured in accessing health care as needed,” Nickel said.
The department’s public health clinic will remain open to offer some services. Nurses will provide patients with health screening and counseling. The clinic will also refer patients who need further care to partners in the community who can offer primary care for uninsured or underinsured patients.
Nickel said the department is working to identify other opportunities to serve patients who need access to primary care services.
The health department had projected that it would receive additional revenues through client fees, Medicaid and insurance. It didn’t receive those revenues because the Primary Care Clinic saw fewer patients when the department couldn’t find a full-time provider.
Jerry Haug of KDOT said construction is wrapping up on Kansas Highway 18. Although construction could be delayed by weather or last minute additions, the project could be completed as soon as Nov. 15, Haug told the commission.
Traffic will continue to be limited to one lane in each direction next week, but the median separating the lanes should be in place.
Capt. Kurt Moldrup of the Riley County Police Department offered tips for safer trick-or-treating.
He recommended wearing bright, reflective costumes that are easy to see and placing reflective tape or glow sticks on treat bags.
Along with encouraging parents to accompany their children when trick-or-treating, Moldrup suggested children should only visit houses that are well lit and appear ready for trick-or-treaters.
Moldrup also encouraged people to take advantage of local organized trick-or-treating events.