U. S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) said Monday during a visit to Pine Bluff that the Affordable Care Act has put the American health care system in a state of flux that has health care providers unsure of the future.

U. S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) said Monday during a visit to Pine Bluff that the Affordable Care Act has put the American health care system in a state of flux that has health care providers unsure of the future.


Boozman spoke at the conclusion of a visit to Jefferson Regional Medical Center on Monday afternoon that was preceded by a tour of Jefferson Comprehensive Care Center and a meeting with the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.


"We talked about some of the challenges of being a regional hospital," Boozman said after a closed door meeting with JRMC President and CEO Walter Johnson. "Right now the health care field is in a state of change. There is uncertainty due to federal programs disappearing."


Boozman said that when complex systems such as the American health care system are changed, unintended consequences often occur.


"If you go a certain route you will adversely affect some people," Boozman said. "At the end of the day we must make sure that those who need care get it."


Boozman praised JRMC for its commitment to patient care.


"There is tremendous quality of care here," Boozman said.


Boozman said his office has received numerous complaints from constituents on the issue of health care.


"The health care issue is huge," Boozman said earlier Monday at the Chamber of Commerce. "We have had many complaints from constituents about losing their insurance coverage or the costs of their coverage going up. We need affordability more than anything."


Boozman said the increasing volume of regulations has contributed to rising costs for health care.


"Additional hospital regulations are driving up health care costs, too," Boozman said.


Boozman said it is important for hospitals to coordinate with local health clinics to ensure that local health care infrastructure is optimized.


"In order to take care of the health care needs of Arkansans it requires everyone working together to offer the best quality of care to our communities," Boozman said.