Thursday, December 14, 2006

Shuttering of hospitals, nursing homes headed for approval

Newsday AP Story

December 14, 2006, 1:31 AM ESTALBANY, N.Y. -- A seismic overhaul of the state's health care system is quietly headed toward becoming law, as lawmakers adjourned for the year without rejecting the closing of thousands of hospital and nursing home beds. If lawmakers do not reject a state panel's recommendations to fix the bloated health care system before Dec. 31, they become law. John McArdle, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, said Wednesday Bruno would not call members back to session until Jan. 3. It is unlikely that lawmakers will call another special session specifically to reject the recommendations, said David Sandman, executive director of the state panel which issued the report. Outgoing Gov. George Pataki and Gov.-elect Eliot Spitzer have expressed support for the recommendations by the Commission for Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century. " For the rest..... click here ...........andy

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