Press release from state Rep. Chris Wright, a Bristol Democrat:
REP. WRIGHT CO-SPONSORS BILL TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE UNINSURED AT COMMUNITY HOSPITALS
State Representative Christopher Wright (D-Bristol) is co-sponsoring a bill that seeks to fund community hospitals, like Bristol Hospital, that provide services for people who are uninsured.
Rep. Wright has joined legislative colleagues from Vernon and Putnam, to sponsor HB 6004, “An Act Concerning Health Care Services For The Uninsured At Community Hospitals.”
The bill is now before the legislature’s Public Health Committee which received favorable testimony at a recent public hearing.
“This is the beginning of a long legislative process to maintain funding for our community hospitals,” Rep. Wright explained, “The purpose of the bill is to guarantee funding for community hospitals, like our own Bristol Hospital, to help them pay for the vital services they provide for the uninsured.”
“There are certain core values that government needs to protect,” Rep. Wright said, “Among those priorities is healthcare help for our citizens.”
As legislative momentum continues to grow to restore the funding for community hospitals, HB 6004 may serve as the legislative vehicle for that goal.
“It’s necessary to point out this legislation represents an important first step that hopefully will restore the needed funding to our community hospitals who provide these very expensive services to the uninsured,” Rep. Wright said.