Zoni calls for restoration of hospital funding

State Rep. David Zoni (D-Southington)

State Rep. David Zoni (D-Southington)

State Representative David Zoni (D-Southington) voiced his opposition today to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s suspending of an estimated $140 million in payments to Connecticut’s hospitals.

Zoni called for a bipartisan legislative effort to persuade the administration to keep a commitment the legislature voted on last year.

“As someone who voted to restore funding to our hospitals, freezing those payments is totally unacceptable,” Zoni said in a press release from the House Democrats. “The affected hospitals depended on the restored funds and the action by the administration needs to be reversed.”

Zoni noted that while hospitals statewide were being impacted, he was particularly concerned about funding cuts to the Southington and Plainville facilities of the Hartford Healthcare system.

“I am worried about layoffs and reductions in quality care for our residents,” Zoni said in the release. “It’s never too late to take corrective action and I am urging Governor Malloy and Budget Secretary Ben Barnes to reverse their decision and release the monies owed to the hospitals.”

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