How much local hospitals will lose if sequestration takes effect

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Healthcare Association of New York State says that implementing sequestration would result in $2.13 billion in Medicare cuts to New York's hospitals and health systems.

The reductions are in addition to more than $20 billion in cuts that providers face over the next ten years in separate Medicare and federal Medicaid reductions, HANYS officials stated.

"An additional $2 billion on top of the $20 billion in cuts our hospitals and health systems already face will have a profound impact on access to care," said HANYS President Daniel Sisto.  "This unprecedented level of reductions would significantly reduce patient access to care, and lead to longer drives and wait times, and additional layoffs and service reductions at facilities across the state.  As deliberation continues, we encourage our Congressional Delegation to fight to prevent these dramatic Medicare cuts, or other cuts contained in any alternative plan, and protect patient access to health care services."
According to HANYS' analysis of public records, 6,135 jobs have been lost from hospitals and health systems since 2010.

According to the analysis by HANYS, the following area hospitals would face cuts:

  • Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare - $13,096,000
  • Lewis County General Hospital - $1,414,000
  • Little Falls Hospital - $1,890,000
  • Oneida Healthcare Center - $2,577,000
  • Rome Memorial Hospital - $3,946,000
  • St. Elizabeth Medical Center - $11,388,000
  • UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital - $1,680,000
  • Bassett Medical Center - $17,011,000

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