March 15, 2011
Our legislators need to hear from you. Say “NO” to a hospital tax.
Please send a message to your legislator, using the e-mail addresses provided in the list of elected officials in the column at right. Feel free to write your own message, or cut and paste the following. Please be sure to use “No Hospital Tax” as your subject line, and use your actual name and town of residence. Thank you!
Please say “NO” to cutting hospital funding and imposing another hospital tax. As a Connecticut resident, I rely on accessible, high quality healthcare provided by hospitals like The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich. New taxes and cuts to hospitals will increase the cost of healthcare and will begin the process of unraveling the safety net for our most vulnerable citizens.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled his two-year budget plan on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The news was not good for healthcare organizations and their partners.
The “hospital tax” is back. LIFE STAR is on the chopping block — again. And our community’s “safety net” is in a precarious position at best.
Deep cuts are proposed to human services throughout our region, including United Community & Family Services, Generations Family Health Center, the Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA), Madonna Place, Norwich Human Services and a host of others.
Backus partners with these agencies to provide a community safety net, and when funding disappears, their clients, many of whom are uninsured or underinsured, can become emergency room patients.
But with a budget gap of more than $6 billion over the next two years, legislators will have to balance compassion with hard reality.
Please help us voice concerns to our local legislative delegation. Our mission to improve the health of the community is at stake.
State Rep. Betsy Ritter, left, (D-Waterford), talks to Backus Board Chairman Peter Disch, center, and Board Vice Chairman Anthony Joyce, right, during a legislative breakfast that Backus hosted Monday morning to talk about the impact of the proposed budget on our region’s safety net.