Kelly Disappointed in Governor’s Deep Cuts To St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Griffin, Milford and Bridgeport Hospital Budgets

September 22, 2015

Hartford, CT – Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) today expressed disappointment in the latest budget cuts to hospitals across the state, including a $3.6 million cut to Griffin Hospital, a $1 million cut to Milford Hospital, an $18.1 million cut to Bridgeport Hospital, $13.8 million to St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

“Where are the priorities? There were other routes the governor could have taken to cut the budget, but he has once again gone after Connecticut’s hospitals and our access to affordable healthcare. This cut is aimed at two of our biggest community assets in the Naugatuck Valley and will be felt by vulnerable individuals and families across our region. Good paying middle class jobs will be lost and basic care will be at risk.

“Republicans will do everything we can to get this terrible decision reversed, and we hope Democrats will join us in this effort. This is a call to action for anyone who values the protection of health care in the state of Connecticut.”

1 in 5 Connecticut residents are Medicaid patients these cuts will affect them the most.

The legislators urged people to add their signatures to a letter to the governor and legislators protesting the cuts at www.CareWeCanCountOn.org .

(Hospital budget rescission chart attached.)

Senator Kelly is the Ranking Member of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee.