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“Our hospitals are vital economic anchors, providing the stability and growth that contributes greatly to the financial health of the state and the communities they serve,” said CHA CEO Jennifer Jackson.
Under the terms of the deal, which must be approved by the General Assembly, hospitals will have a more stable and predictable user fee schedule, with a reduction in the user fee (or "hospital tax") from $900 million to $820 million by FY 2026.
The governor said he is looking for legislators to meet during the week of Dec. 16, with House Democratic leaders reportedly telling their members that Dec. 17, 18, and 19 are the likeliest dates.
“We have been in discussions with the state, with a mutual goal of resolving this matter so the legislature could take it up by the end of this month,” according to a statement by the Connecticut Hospital Association.
When it comes to mega-mergers, count Stamford out, says CEO Kathleen Silard: “We are driven by a desire to operate in the best interests of our community, which means not taking directions from a big office located somewhere else."
The Connecticut Hospital Association maintains the tax has cost its member hospitals billions since it went into effect in 2011.
GOP leader Len Fasano wondered if the governor is "going to take a stand on anything, or is he going to continue operating in fear of Democrat legislators?”
The state's controversial hospital tax and the federal government's elimination of the individual health care mandate bode ill for caregivers and patients alike, says John Murphy.
Topping the bill: Revising language surrounding the hospital tax.
Still at issue: the hospital tax.