Fasano Comments on East Haven/Branford Clinic Closings

June 17, 2015

HartfordSenate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement in response to Yale-New Haven Health Care System’s plans to close clinics in East Haven and Branford to find savings as they prepare to face increased taxes and lower Medicaid reimbursements in the budget negotiated by Governor Malloy and legislative Democrats.

“The budget passed by the legislature does not only hurt big businesses. Clearly, it targets our middle class and it also takes major aim at health care. Recent news of local clinics closing as a result of increased burdens on hospitals is exactly the impact we have been warning about. Raising taxes on our hospitals and lowering Medicaid reimbursements are two major hits that together will cripple many small hospitals in our state. The effect is broad and can now be seen on large health organizations as well,” said Fasano.

“This news is devastating. We are talking about 31 good paying, solid jobs and entire communities with thousands of patients who now will have reduced access to care due to the local closings. Democrats have repeatedly said they support affordable and accessible healthcare, but their actions tell a different story. If making quality medical care accessible to everyone is truly a state priority, we have to seriously reassess the burdens placed onto our hospitals. As we navigate the shifting health care landscape we have to pay attention to what all stakeholders are telling us. This message is a warning, and we have to change course.”

The budget passed by the majority in the General Assembly includes the following changes that will negatively impact hospitals and health care providers:

  • Reduces Medicaid provider rates by $10 million annually
  • Restricts the utilization of Urban and Industrial Sites Tax Credits by Hospitals by 50%
  • Increases taxes on CT’s hospitals by $211.8 million annually
  • Enacts a Hospital Provider Tax on ambulatory surgical centers which never had a public hearing resulting in higher healthcare costs