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Facts in Response to the DKHFacts site
Day Kimball's Assertion
Day Kimball Healthcare will remain the same, only better. Fact.
According to the application for a Certificate of Need and DKH-Covenant supplemental materials procedures and services provided primarily for sterilization or contraception, or services inconsistent with the Catholic ERDs will no longer be available. Covenant states that it will continue to provide women's and children's services “consistent with the delivery of these services by Covenant's other hospitals”. St. Mary Lewiston, closed maternity and women’s health services, July 22; St Joseph, Nashua, ObGyn, but no contraception or infertility treatment; St Joseph, Bangor, no ObGyn, women’s health screening only
People are saying Day Kimball will no longer have local representation. Fiction
Accepted that there will be representation but not power to affect the DKH system. Local board members will be chosen by Covenant but will act in an advisory capacity to the Covenant Health board. “All such decisions be recommended to the Covenant Board for final consideration and approval.” (First, 12) “DKH will continue to operate as a not-for-profit organization with strong, local representation and input on local issues.” - DKHFacts
As part of the larger organization, Day Kimball Healthcare employees will have access to benefits that will be comparable to what is offered today. Fact.
“Covenant employees enroll in healthcare benefits at the time of employment, or during annual enrollment (usually in October of each year), and that those individuals wishing to obtain access to birth control do so through a secondary plan that is administered directly through Aetna and independent of Covenant’s group health plan. There is NO ADDITIONAL COST to employees for the independent plan…”
“Covenant employees enroll in healthcare benefits at the time of employment, or during annual enrollment (usually in October of each year), and that those individuals wishing to obtain access to birth control do so through a secondary plan that is administered directly through Aetna and independent of Covenant’s group health plan. There is NO ADDITIONAL COST to employees for the independent plan…” Covenant is required by the Affordable Care Act to offer birth control insurance. But there is a series of concerns with this workaround:
If an employee currently is a patient of a DKH physician, they will not need to choose a provider outside the DKH system for a contraceptive prescription or procedure.
Allowing open enrollment for a birth control plan once a year, rather than a permanent feature of an employee’s regular health insurance coverage, may leave some employees at a disadvantage if their needs change during a year.
This coverage is required for birth control, sterilization, and emergency contraception but not for abortion or infertility treatments. Will the later be offered in the supplemental plan?
In FY 2021, fringe benefits at DKH represented 22.0% of salaries and wages, whereas at Covenant, benefits were almost 3% less (19.3%).
Catholic health care takes a “whole person” approach to care for the physical, mental and spiritual needs of patients. Fact
We believe that DKH does this now and can continue to do this without requiring that all patients’ health care abide by the religious and ethical directives of only one of the many belief systems represented in our population. Can the whole person be respected and cared for if the person is not allowed autonomy and freedom of choice?
I heard that Day Kimball is going to only care for Catholics. Fiction.
Of course this is not true as it would be a violation of federal and state law if access to healthcare was restricted based upon religion
Day Kimball will stop doing abortions. Fiction.
Day Kimball Healthcare has never performed a voluntary interruption of pregnancy in its 128 years of operation
This seems to be an implausible claim. Please give us evidence that this has never occurred. Only 5% of abortions in the United States are performed in hospitals. Abortions are an essential and legal component of women’s healthcare, 95% are performed in clinics.
Day Kimball will no longer assist with the gender transition process for patients who identify as transgender. Fiction.
“Day Kimball is a community hospital, and community hospitals are not equipped to provide the multi-faceted care to patients who are in the process of gender transition.”
Day Kimball does not perform gender transition surgery, but as a provider of inpatient psychiatric and outpatient behavioral health it does work with, and in the past, could assist with the gender transition process through counseling and referral using medical best practices. It no longer can deliver this care consistent with medical standards.