We hope cuts truly don’t impact service

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lafayette County’s health department started reducing its hours on Monday.

Instead of being open every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., it is now only open Monday, Wednesday and Friday during those hours. The cause for the cut, the health department spokeswomen said, was due to a reduction in need for services.

Yes, due to changes in federal health care laws, there are more people signing on for Obamacare instead of paying a penalty on their taxes. More people who could have fallen through the cracks due to income requirements years ago are now qualifying for health care that is reasonably affordable.

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While more people qualify to have a primary care physician and have the joy of waiting for three hours to see a doctor, nothing can replace the convenience and comforting knowledge that a health department clinic is right there, open, accessible and ready to serve residents, no matter what.

We understand with new health care insurance laws there was a reduction in need and people were not frequenting the health department enough, and the legislature was forced to remove $1 million in funding statewide.

What we don’t want to see is those cutbacks continue and eat into infectious disease control and restaurant inspections. The well-being of Mississippians is not something to be cut.