Sullivan: ICE & Health
Patchworkers & Home Rep. Club
Securing a Permanent ICE Office for Tulsa
I am pleased to announce that, after several years of coordination with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, I secured a permanent ICE office for Eastern Oklahoma. The Tulsa based office will be home a permanent Fugitive Operations Detention and Removal Unit, and could be fully operational by the end of October 2008.
This is a major victory for the rule of law and public safety across the First District. We will now have a permanent Fugitive Operation Detention and Removal Team on the ground in Tulsa that will focus on locating, arresting and removing fugitive and criminal illegal aliens, such as transnational street gang members, child sex offenders and aliens with prior convictions for violent crimes, from our community. These violent offenders are now put on notice that their days of harming our community and evading the law have come to an end.
Since elected to office in 2002, I worked diligently to bring more interior immigration enforcement resources to Eastern Oklahoma and provide law enforcement officials with the tools they need to keep us safe. Protecting our community from criminal illegal aliens is one of my top priorities in Congress. I cant go anywhere in the First District without constituents asking me about the status of the ICE office. Today I am happy to notify them that their permanent ICE office is on the way.
Strengthening Oklahomas Health Care Safety Net
On October 1, 2008 Oklahoma hospitals and other safety net providers could lose critical funding that helps them to provide quality health care to all Oklahomans. With this in mind, I recently sent a bipartisan letter to House Leadership and Appropriators urging them to extend the 16 percent annual funding increases to Medicaids Low Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) states before Congress adjourns for the elections this week. It is critical that Congress acts to continue this percentage so that our hospitals and healthcare providers do not feel the financial strain of providing health care services to the indigent, uninsured and underserved. Without this funding in place, hospitals in Oklahoma and twenty other states will be forced to cover increased uncompensated care costs, potentially limiting access to quality health care.
Medicaid DSH payments are funds that are distributed to all 50 states and are used to reimburse hospitals that have a high percentage of patients that are low income, on Medicaid or uninsured. 20 states, including Oklahoma, are not fully reimbursed for the uncompensated care they provide. In fact, some states currently do not use their entire DSH allotment and that money is sent back to the treasury, not used as they were originally intended for healthcare. This is why in April of this year, I introduced H.R. 5721, the Strengthening the Safety Net Act of 2008. My legislation will ensure that Oklahoma hospitals and other safety net providers are on equal footing with other states that already receive their fair share of Medicaid DSH payments, and are able to continue providing quality care to all Oklahomans while ensuring that the government is effectively and responsibly using taxpayers money when it comes to health care programs. With Oklahoma having the fourth highest rate of uninsured in the nation, it is critical that Oklahoma hospitals receive a fair distribution of Medicaid DSH funds in order to care for the indigent population.
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|Janice Coke displaying some of the flannel clothing she made for Newborns In Need.|
Collinsville Patchworkers met Sept. 9 at the Library, with Elsie Dooley as a guest.
Mrs. Dooley is the mother of Hazel Gast, and was visiting from Iowa. The Fat Quarter
drawing was won by Linda Pfeffer, who chose shades of red, burgundy & rust
for October's color selection. Members are also to bring a favorite six-inch block
pattern, for a surprise program.|
Once again, several stacks of small quilts, clothing, burp pads and receiving blankets were gathered for the month's donation to Newborns In Need - the club's on-going effort to supply needed supplies to area hospitals.
|Shirley Boyd, with a quilt she made from mid-century butterfly blocks.|
Home Representative Club
|HOBY winner Brandi Green, and club member Alberta Bonebrake|
Eighteen members of the Collinsville
Home Representative Club started the year with a Sept. 9 meeting at the Community
Church. Last year's HOBY winner Brandi Green shared her experiences encountered
at the seminar last Spring. The HOBY seminar is an annual event held for essay-winning
Sophomores, giving them the opportunity to work with their peers with regard to
current government and business issues.|
Using antique dolls, hostess Linda Pfeffer displayed clothing & quilts she had made for Newborns In Need - an organization that depends on volunteers' skills and monetary donations to supply area hospitals with clothing and necessities for premature infants and newborns. Private donations to purchase diaper bags, etc. were gratefully accepted.
HRC will host the GFWC NE District Fall Convention Oct. 18, and various committees gave reports regarding plans for the lunch, gift bags, entertainment, and speakers for the day's events. Approximately 50 GFWC members from the NE section of the state are expected to attend.
Members also included in roll call were; Marsha Nachtigall, Bobbie Loveless, Carolyn Brinkley, Margaret Waldorf, Rusti Howard, Dee Fildes, EvaJo Sheehan, Kitty Thomas, Helen Murphy, Susan Pratt, Alberta Bonebrake, Anita Mitchell, Laura Maul, Barbara Colpitt, Jeanie Barnes, Linda Vickers, Linda Pfeffer, Pat Anderson, and guests Caleb Maul & Brinkley Howard.