Connecticut Governor Targets Hospital Funds To Close Budget Gap

(By – Jeff Cohen, WNPR via Kaiser Health news)

This week Connecticut’s leaders had to close a $350 million hole in the state’s budget. One place they cut is hospital funding, and that’s making hospital executives furious.

The battles lines are clear. Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, says the hospitals are getting rich off taxpayers, making more money than in past years — thanks, in part, to the Affordable Care Act. So he thinks hospitals can afford to give some money back.

“If you make almost a billion dollars a year, how bad are things?” Malloy asks. “If you’re having the best results in recent history in hospital performance, why do you need the citizens of Connecticut to give you an additional $500 million?”

Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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