The news media has begun to report on the hospital funding cuts being proposed in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's two-year budget plan. There is one word to describe the effects of these cuts on Griffin Hospital and other Connecticut hospitals: devastating.
How devastating? The proposed budget would cut State payments to Griffin by $2,297,908 in FY 2014 and $3,673,154 in FY 2015, for a total of nearly $6 million over the course of the next two-years. These cuts come on the heels of a $1.7 million loss of state funding in the current two year (i.e. biennium) State budget that runs through June of this year. If enacted, the 2014 and 2015 reductions would have a devastating effect on Griffin’s ability to provide essential patient care services and will necessitate the elimination of a large portion of our workforce of dedicated caregivers.
Learn more about how the proposed budget cuts would affect Griffin and other Connecticut hospitals at ProtectMyHospitalCT.org.
We Need Your Help
Now is the time to let your State legislators—and legislative leadership in particular—know you oppose cuts to hospitals. Please join us in urging our lawmakers to oppose this devastating plan to reduce hospital funding. You can write to your state representatives by visiting VoterVoice.net, and tell them you want to protect CT hospitals.
Please contact your legislators and legislative leaders today because if the Governor’s budget plan is passed, the stark reality is that Griffin Hospital—and the healthcare safety net provided by all Connecticut hospitals—will never be the same.