Fasano Statement re: Gov. Malloy Withholding Hospital Payments

March 3, 2016

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement regarding a memo from Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office declaring that state funding for Connecticut hospitals will be withheld.

“While our state scrambles to clean up the mess that failed Democrat policies created, that same party has decided to hold hospitals hostage and push more burdens onto patients. This ill-advised decision is skirting a core responsibility of government to care for those most in need. It will hurt the poor, the sick and the elderly. Yes, our state needs to make tough decisions, but we have to put people before politics. Gov. Malloy and the Democrats are already underfunding health care for the poor more than any other state in the country. This worsens the situation. Withholding these payments that hospitals were promised and are counting on will push them to make cuts that could threaten health care accessibility for those on fixed incomes including poor and elderly people across our state. It could result in layoffs, service reductions, facility closings and longer wait times,” said Fasano.

“The hospital tax was supposed to be a way for the state to gain more federal funding for hospitals. It never should have been used as a slush fund for the state. Now we see even more broken promises. What’s worse is that people cannot trust this state because leaders have made promises they had no intention of ever fulfilling. For all the talk from Democrats about restoring funding to hospitals, now their words ring hollow and their silence is telling. Withholding this money directly threatens every hospital in this state and the thousands of people they care for.”