Professor Angela Mattie offers perspective on impact budget cuts would have on hospitals

Mattie,AngelaConnecticut’s 30 hospitals are slated to lose $550 million in state funding over the next two years under a two-year budget plan pitched on Wednesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the Hartford Business Journal reports.

Angela Mattie, associate professor of management and chair of health care management and organizational leadership in the School of Business at Quinnipiac University, is available to comment.

“The cuts are coming mostly from the state’s uncompensated care fund and Medicaid funding,” said Mattie. “ObamaCare should provide access to healthcare insurance for those currently not covered and using the state hospital’s emergency departments in some instances as primary care providers due to the lack of insurance. These changes, however, will not be implemented until 2014 leaving hospitals with a significant financial gap.

“In an era of decreasing reimbursements on all fronts (i.e., federal, state and private insurers) and increasing costs of providing care, Connecticut hospitals will most definitely feel the impact of these latest state cuts. Hopefully, as we make the transition to ObamaCare, access to healthcare for the indigent and uninsured will continue. Ultimately, we will all bear the cost.”

To schedule an interview with Mattie, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at 203-206-4449.

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