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Health

Hospitals Debate Malloy Budget, Safety Rankings

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State hospitals say that if Governor Malloy’s recommended reductions to hospitals are accepted, they’ll have to cut services, programs, and jobs.

They’re looking at a $550 million dollar hole in their budget - used to pay for people who show up at their hospitals without insurance.

But the state says - hold on!  Starting January 1, Obamacare, will provide more Americans with health insurance, more than enough to cover the gap.

Today, representatives from state hospitals and Ben Barnes, the state budget chief, join us and the Courant’s Dan Haar to follow up our recent conversation about hospitals.

Also, Consumer Reports has their latest list of safe and unsafe hospitals, and one state facility doesn’t fare so well.  We’ll look at what these scores really mean.

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