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Hospital Members to Meet with Lawmakers

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut hospitals are organizing a day at the Capitol to lobby against proposed cuts in state aid.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s two-year, $44 billion budget plan cuts state aid to hospitals by $208 million in the first year and $342 million in the second year.

The Malloy administration says that as Medicaid expands and health insurance exchanges are put in place, the number of uninsured will decrease in a few years. As a result, uncompensated care by hospitals will shrink.

The administration says the state is still spending $1.6 billion despite the cuts.

Hospital workers will meet with lawmakers on Thursday. Hospitals say the budget cuts would lead to reductions in jobs, programs and services and shift health care costs to businesses, leading to higher premiums for families.

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