22 Employees Let Go at Wilbarger General

Nearly two dozen people are without a job, just days before Christmas after a Texoma hospital let them go.

Officials there say it's partly because of the Affordable Care Act.

Wilbarger General Hospital Chief Financial Adviser, Jonathon Voelkel, says they have been working on a five phase plan for the hospital.

He said to hit the goals of that plan they had to make some major adjustments in what they are spending, which meant laying off 22 support team employees.

Voelkel says they also had to change the way they do business to meet certain federal guidelines.

We've had to add hours, and staff hours, into complying into those areas because you have to add man hours that are required to work on the things that work. In addition to that some of the changes that have already gone into affect through the Affordable Care has changed the mechanisms and the structure of our program works and we have experienced some increases in our claims experience and looking at those numbers year after year,” Voelkel said.

He says they also took a two percent hit in reimbursements due to sequestration and he expects the same to happen in 2014.

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