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BOSTON (WWLP) – The state is pushing to lock down health care funding from the federal government, but sticking points in negotiations could put two western Massachusetts hospitals in jeopardy.
The Patrick administration is pushing to re-new their 17-year long agreement with the federal government on how health care is funded in Massachusetts. Negotiations are ongoing, but time is running out to seal the deal.
The state hopes to boost funding for seven disproportionate share hospitals, including Holyoke Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. These hospitals see high-levels of patients who are either uninsured or under Medicare or Medicaid.
If federal funding is slashed, quality of care won’t be the only area of concern. “I look at it from a employment standpoint and to make sure that our local hospitals are receiving all the funding and all the necessary funding that they possible can,” said Chair of the Committee on Health Care Financing, State Sen. Jim Welch (D) West Springfield.
The current waiver is valued at nearly $27 billion, so a lot of money is on the line. The deadline for an agreement is set for September 12th.