Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, April 25 2012 at 4:44 PM, Updated: Wed, April 25 2012 at 4:56 PM
A recommendation was made this morning that could impact 13 thousand Medicaid patients in Klamath County.
The Klamath County Commissioners will urge the state to select both 'Cascade Comprehensive Care', and 'Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc.' as the county's coordinated care organization, or 'CCO'.
"All we're doing is making a recommendation. The decision will be made by the state of Oregon." Noted Klamath County Commissioner Al Switzer.
Cascade Comprehensive is the only Klamath Falls based company. Cascade President Bill Guest maintains that his company should be the sole provider...
"We don't think we need any outside provider that is hundreds of miles away in order to meet the local needs of our community."
Commissioner Cheryl Hukill claims that she felt pressured when Cascade lobbied her for support last month...
"That's when the statement was made that if I don't give the support to CCC, I will not like what I see in the headlines of the Herald and News."
The Oregon Health Authority will announce which agency, or agencies will manage about 54 million dollars for health care in Klamath County by the end of June.
The commissioners are recommending third carrier 'Pacific Source' for coverage of Medicaid patients living in northern Klamath County.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.