State and hospitals clash over budget cuts

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HARTFORD — As lawmakers try to balance the budget, which is in a $220 million hole for the current fiscal year, Connecticut hospitals are fighting stop proposed cuts; and millions of dollars in payments are being withheld due to the state’s deficit.

Today in Hartford, leaders from the Connecticut Hospital Association will discuss the proposed cuts and how taxes and non-payments are hurting access and patient care.

Hospitals pay more than a half of a billion dollars in taxes to the state each year and have only received a small portion of funds due to them and may not receive any further payment.

Among other proposed budget cuts, Governor Dannel P. Malloy proposed a three percent cut across the board for private providers and then challenged lawmakers last week for ways to help slash the budget.

On Tuesday, Republicans offered a package that would restore all of the $140 million in promised funding to hospitals, of which the state’s share is around $32 million. The funding is partial reimbursement for hospitals Medicaid expenses and the care they provide to those most in need.

According to the Hartford Courant, financial data from 25 of the state’s non-profit hospitals show that the smallest hospitals are losing money and even some of the larger ones lost money last year.

The CHA and hospitals will ask legislators today for help in receiving the funds due to them.

The meeting is set for 2:30 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building.