Aransas County commissioners, at a special meeting Thursday, July 25, unanimously approved supplemental payments of $37,500 per month to Code3ER, at the discretion of Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills. The money will come from the county’s healthcare sales tax revenue.
The payments will be made to help defray Code3ER’s incurred costs of providing uncompensated medical care to uninsured resident of Aransas County.
Commissioner Jack Chaney said Code3ER has gone “over and above” helping people in Aransas County in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
“If they don’t get this money from the county they’re going to lose the doctor,” said Commissioner Charles Smith.
He noted Code3ER’s original business model involved taking care of Aransas County residents.
“The hospital in Aransas Pass was lost in Harvey and they’re getting patients now from other areas,” said Smith.
Chaney noted this is not an additional expense to the county since the money will be paid via the half-cent sales tax revenue designated for indigent healthcare, and other health-related expenses.
Aransas County is one of the few counties in the state that uses the additional half-cent sales tax for indigent healthcare and related expenses. Many counties that adopted the additional half-cent sales, after the state allowed such action, use the funds for economic development.