Gov. Pataki?s plan to cut Medicaid leaves Bronx hospitals at risk of closing

Governor Pataki has secured an additional $1.5 billion of federal funding for Medicaid, but many Bronx hospitals may be at risk of closing.

Officials say Pataki is still planning to cut state aid by $1 billion. They also say that the new federal money is coming in specifically to help Pataki make the cuts. The governor says that too many hospital and nursing home beds go unused.

Under the governor?s plan the state will be able to move some Medicaid patients out of the hospital and into home nursing care, which is less expensive. He is planning to set up an independent panel to determine which independent facilities can be re-constructed or closed.

The borough president argues that such cuts could be devastating for the Bronx. He says that 33 percent of all Bronx jobs come from the health care industry.

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