The Morning Sun: Moran visits CHC-SEKOctober 7, 2016
Via The Morning Sun
PITTSBURG — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) was in Crawford County Friday, visiting various agencies and businesses.
Moran started off his time in the county at Girard High School where he toured the school and heard concerns from educators and students alike, as well as surprising one student with word he’d been appointed to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Moran said overall funding decisions for local school reside in Topeka, and with the local school boards, but said there are things the federal government can be doing to help.
“My role … is to get rid of the mandates that drive up costs … that serve no real purpose,” he said, adding one place the government can help is in special education. “The federal government a long time ago promised to pay for educating special needs students. That promise has not been kept.”
From there he toured Eagle Picher in Pittsburg, before ending his day with a tour of the Community Health Centers of Southeast Kansas campus in north Pittsburg.
Moran heard about the programs CHC-SEK offers as well as concerns about the costs of health care.
Moran said he is a long-time supporter of community health centers — indeed, he helped break ground on CHC-SEK’s current facility in 2012 — and believes facilities like the one in Pittsburg can help bring down costs nationwide by helping with preventative care and wellness.
Moran also said he has toured many community health centers, but was particularly impressed with the Pittsburg Clinic.
“This one is broader,” he said. “It’s unique.
“This is a place where we can help meet the needs of Kansans.”
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.