Report by Paula Antolini
April 5, 2017 6:54PM EDT
Rep. Duff Celebrates Connecticut Hospital Day at the State Capitol
HARTFORD- State Rep. Will Duff (R-2) took part in the annual Connecticut Hospital Day at the State Capitol Wednesday April 5th sponsored by the Connecticut Hospital Association.
Rep. Duff met with staff of Danbury Hospital and Western Connecticut Health Network.
Connecticut Hospital Day is a day for hospital staff and administrators to have substantive discussions with legislators about the issues that are critical to hospitals, including proposed hospital cuts and taxes in the state budget as well as regulatory burdens that would negatively affect hospitals.
Rep. Will Duff stated how he is opposed to the Malloy administration’s budget proposal, which authorizes municipalities to impose a property tax on not-for-profit hospitals. The proposal also eliminates the hospital tax base year, increasing the hospital tax by nearly $80 million a year; eliminates the separate budget line item for hospital supplemental payments; eliminates the small hospital pool.
The Connecticut hospital health systems contribute $26.2 billion to the state and local economies. They employ 100,000 people and invest $1.6 billion in community benefit initiatives each year.