Connecticut hospitals may take legal action over Medicaid cuts

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HARTFORD — Connecticut’s hospitals are embroiled in a battle with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy over Medicaid cuts, and they’re not ruling out a path taken by their counterparts in New Hampshire: legal action.

New Hampshire’s hospital association last year settled a 2011 lawsuit it filed against the state after Medicaid funding was cut. At the same time, the state kept a tax on hospitals that was supposed to help the state gain matching federal money to pay for health care for the poor.

Connecticut Hospital Association officials say they’re now in the same situation.

When asked whether they might sue, Stephen Frayne, the association’s senior vice president for health policy, said “all options are really on the table” and the group is “exploring what all those particular possibilities might be.”