Dillon Testifies on Hospital Merger

A Message from State Representative Patricia Dillon

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Congressional changes to Medicare threaten freestanding hospitals

Congressional changes to Medicare threaten freestanding hospitals
Dear Neighbor, This week I testified before the state Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) at a hearing at the Gateway campus on Sargeant Drive on the proposed merger of Yale-New Haven Hospital and St. Raphael Healthcare System.

Rep. Pat Dillon conferring with constituent Andrew Orefice before testifying on the St. Raphael merger.

Facing mounting deficits, St. Raphael’s future is in doubt. The merger preserves health access at St. Raph’s and jobs in the Dwight neighborhood.

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6/8/2012

A Message from State Representative Patricia Dillon

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Policymakers have known for the past 15 years that hospitals should join networks to
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by statute, a health network with Dempsey Hospital at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford area hospitals. St. Raphael’s faces a mountain of revenue questions because of federal policies. Every health proposal before Congress - from the president and from legislative Democrats and Republicans, in the House or the Senate – all cut costs by squeezing savings from Medicare. St. Raphael's has a large Medicare population and would find it difficult as an independent hospital to recruit enough private-paying patients to offset Medicare cuts. This proposal is good for our community, and good for the state. Sincerely,

Pat Dillon

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