Friday, January 12, 2007

4 bills aim to exempt hospital Lawmakers hope to spare Bellevue from the Berger

JAMES M. ODATO TimesUnion.Com

"I'm very optimistic we're going to be able to save Bellevue," said Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna. "I'm going to do everything I can."
Farley and three Assembly members -- Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, D-Cohoes, Minority Leader James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, and Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam -- submitted identical bills to exempt Bellevue from the restructuring recommendations of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, also known as the Berger Commission.

The commission said the hospital is unnecessary in this market because its services can be provided by other institutions. It also warned that tampering with the report after the recommendations became law, which they did on Jan. 1, could threaten $1.5 billion in federal funds.
The legislation joins a host of bills introduced or drafted by representatives of various regions of the state where the commission proposed hospital closures"

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