Fort Mohave, AZ: Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto held a town hall meeting regarding proposed water sale and transfer, roundabouts, and health care.
Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto held a town hall meeting regarding proposed water sale and transfer, roundabouts on Arizona State Route 95, and health care in Arizona on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at the Fort Mohave Elementary School in Fort Mohave, Arizona.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez attended and broadcast live on Facebook and reposted the video onto YouTube the town hall meeting.
More than 60 people from the community attended the town hall meeting discussing as well as updating the community on the proposed water sale of rights of farm lands in Mohave Valley, Arizona by Central Arizona Project for use in the Phoenix, Arizona and Tucson, Arizona areas, Arizona Department of Transportation’s roundabouts along Arizona State Route 95 in the Fort Mohave, Arizona area, and about health care affects affecting the Arizona, including subcontractor slow payment issues, Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System (A.H.C.C.C.S.), and and Health Choice Arizona.
Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto began the town hall meeting talking about the water rights sale saying, “The water issue is the biggest thing to come down the pike for Mohave County since I don’t know when. Because the water allocation that we have, the future of our community, the community that has nurtured each other and grown together is at risk with the loss of water.”
Central Arizona Project wants to transfer 5,538 acre-feet of Colorado River water outside the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District (M.V.I.D.D.) each year through a rotational fallowing program which Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto said that the lose of water would affect this community as well as surrounding communities, from Bullhead City, Arizona to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, creating an unhealthy dust environment that would affect farming and community growth in the area due to those farms being taken out of production during the rotational fallowing program.
“If we lose our water, we lose our future,” said Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto adding that she encouraged residents to get more involved by contacting Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona Department of Water Resources, and Lisa Atkins, Central Arizona Water Conservation District president.
A Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting is schedule for 4:00pm MST on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at the Mohave Valley Fire Department, located at 1451 Willow Drive in Mohave Valley, Arizona, and members will be discuss only, updating the public on the recent meeting with Central Arizona Project.
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Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto then talked about health care in Arizona and the formation of a provider committee with representatives of numerous health care specialties who will represent health care providers and improve communications with state-level health care insurance providers.
Representatives will be from the Colorado River Tri-State cities of Bullhead City, Arizona; Fort Mohave, Arizona; Mohave Valley, Arizona; Kingman, Arizona; and Lake Havasu, Arizona.
After receiving complaints from people in Mohave County, Arizona about health care providers regarding slow and no pay by Health Choice Arizona – a managed care organization and insurer contracted by the Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System (A.H.C.C.C.S.) for residents who are enrolled in Medicare and receiving assistance under Medicaid – Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto got involved in the issue to help address their complaints.
“We want good health care providers to stay in this area. We can’t keep quality health care in this area if they can’t get paid. The goal of the committee is to provide good lines of communication for area doctors and insurers,” said Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto.
Trent, who Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto said will be chair the committee, spoke during the town hall meeting about the committee saying, “The health committee; what we want to do basically is to provide better health care for our community and that’s through our doctors getting paid.”
Trent said that doctors are having a hard time getting paid on time and they are going elsewhere where payment is done on a timely.
Trent said that his goal is to help all of the doctors in this area get paid on a timely matter thought Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System (A.H.C.C.C.S.) and Health Choice Arizona and give doctors a voice on their billing.
“If we can get our doctors paid on time, our doctors can afford live here the way they want to live and we can keep them here longer,” said Trent.
Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto ended the town hall meeting by talking about Arizona Department of Transportation’s roundabouts along Arizona State Route 95 in the Fort Mohave, Arizona area.
The community was updated by Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto on the Arizona Department of Transportation’s traffic study regarding the roundabouts along Arizona State Route 95, including at the Aztec Road and Camp Mohave Road interactions.
Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto said that Arizona Department of Transportation will present 2 alternatives for the intersection to Mohave County Supervisors which will include a roundabout and an upgraded signal at the Aztec Road interaction.
“ADOT finishes talking to business owners along the corridor tomorrow. I believe that they will yield to the voice of the people and are leaning against the roundabout. It’s not 100 percent sure, but I believe so,” said Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto.
Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto also said that medians will be installed as a safety measure and Arizona Department of Transportation also is willing to look at working with Bullhead City Officials on coordinating timed signals.
Arizona Department of Transportation is said to host public information meetings when the study is completed.
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