Hospitals Prepare to Fight

This article was published on: 02/13/16 6:40 PM by Curt

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Lawrence & Memorial and William W. Backus Hospital are preparing to join with other hospitals in Connecticut to voice their opinions against Governor Malloy’s proposed cuts in health care services.

Next Thursday, the Appropriations Committee will conduct public hearings on the hospital funding portion of Malloy’s budget, and L & M and Backus representatives plan to take an aggressive stand against the cuts, which deal with life and death issues.

Governor Malloy has proposed a $19.8 billion state budget for the fiscal year that would require a cut of about $90 million from core health care services including funding for hospitals.

Connecticut’s 29 nonprofit hospitals will incur additional costs of $391 million as a result of Malloy’s budget cuts.

If the state budget passes, L+M stands to lose about $5 million in state funding which is in addition to the $13 million already cut in the current fiscal year.

Hartford HealthCare, the parent of the network of William W. Backus hospital, would incur a loss of an additional $20 million in the new fiscal year.

The budget cuts will mean reduced staffing at both hospitals, and programs will be cut, which will be dangerous to the patients served.

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