Midland Health to discuss COVID-19 response ahead of election

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Officials with Midland Health are prepared to discuss their ongoing response to the Coronavirus this morning ahead of the runoff election this evening.

On the ballot for MH is the sales and use tax that has been pitched to voters. Prop A would levy a sales and use tax not to exceed .25 percent.

Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers has been a proponent of the sales and use tax saying with the Coronavirus, Prop A could help the hospital whether the storm.

“I think it is important to recognize that the sales tax is intended to help fund these important services,” Meyers said. “We think the sales tax spreads the burden very fairly across multiple communities all over West Texas.”

Meyers says funding from the sales tax would help replace the federal funding Midland Health lost in Medicaid.

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Don Evans also discussed the sales tax election last week saying we will need strong health care coverage in the future and with federal dollars disappearing it is vital to secure the future of Midland Health.

“I think it is critically important and vitally important to the health care delivery in Midland Texas,” Evans said.

He went on to call it one of the most important votes the city has had in decades.

Financial matters have been complicated by the ongoing response to COVID-19 as case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths continue to increase. Midland County has seen more than 1,000 cases since counts began in March with 90 being confirmed on Monday afternoon.  


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