January 29, 2013

CT hospitals tout $20B economic impact ahead of budget fight

With a two-year state budget plan set to be unveiled next week, the state's hospitals want lawmakers to know they are a major contributor to the state's economy in an effort to save off another round of funding cuts.

The Connecticut Hospital Association has issued a report that says the state's acute care hospitals contribute $20.1 billion to the state's economy.

That includes $10.7 billion in annual local payroll, $7.5 billion in goods and services, and $1.7 billion in capital spending, the report said.

The report comes more than a month after state lawmakers cut $103 million in funding to hospitals to help close a budget deficit for the current fiscal year. Hospitals are now concerned that further funding cuts will hit their industry as lawmakers prepare a two-year budget that needs to close $1 billion deficits over the next two fiscal years.

The hospital association report also says Connecticut's hospitals and health systems provide more than 54,000 jobs, with a total annual payroll of $5.2 billion.

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