A program that helps connect Sedgwick County’s poor with access to health care will go without $250,000 it had counted on for now because of political gridlock.
Four Sedgwick County commissioners couldn’t reach a majority when voting Wednesday on an agreement with the Central Plains Regional Health Care Foundation and the city to partner on Project Access. In August, commissioners voted to put $250,000 into the county’s budget to support Project Access. Wednesday’s agreement would have solidified that commitment.
Because commissioners didn’t approve the agreement, Project Access won’t get the money, which represents slightly less than a third of its budget, for now. The non-profit group hopes commissioners will reconsider when a fifth commissioner who was absent Wednesday returns.
“We’re being deluged with phone calls right now. We have patients calling asking ‘What’s going to happen to me?’ ” said associate executive director Anne Nelson. “This is a really critical decision that has been made that affects our program.”