Martin, Betts testify on behalf of Bristol Hospital

State Senator Henri Martin and State Rep. Whit Betts appreaced by the General Assembly’s Finance Committee last week to testify on behalf of Bristol Hospital.

“I am fortunate to represent the communities of Bristol, Plymouth, Plainville, Harwinton and Thomaston,” Martin said, according to press materials from his office. “Within those communities, our health needs are served by an exceptional local community hospital, Bristol Hospital. I believe this proposal will allow Bristol Hospital to continue to be one of the most recognized high-quality, low cost hospitals in our state.”

“Small community hospitals have taken a large financial hit over the last few years, and I believe that it is our responsibility as legislators to do all that we can to protect and provide for them moving forward,” Martin said in the release. “This proposed bill allows for the continued fiscal health of the state’s small hospitals by exempting hospitals that qualify for the small hospital pool from the current hospital tax program. When it comes to hospital finance, this bill provides much needed fiscal relief to small community hospitals. In addition, similar to what the business community has been looking for in Connecticut for years, this bill will provide predictability and stability that will allow Bristol Hospital to grow, continue to be a major economic engine within the greater Bristol region, and will allow them the ability to continue to provide a high quality care.”

“As a lifelong resident of Bristol, I can tell you that Bristol Hospital is a cornerstone of our community,” Martin added.  “As the primary healthcare provider in our region, Bristol Hospital provides excellent care for residents 365 days a year, utilizing the most recent and technologically advanced methods available for medical treatment.  To highlight Bristol Hospital’s relentless pursuit of excellence, you can look to their countless extraordinary recognitions received over the years. Most recently, they received a Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Together, we must be vigilant against future cuts. Only by providing predictability and stability, as outlined in this legislation, will we allow small hospitals like Bristol Hospital to be fiscally solvent and the ability to continue to provide a high quality, low cost care. I am proud to stand alongside Bristol Hospital in this fight, and I urge passage of this proposed legislation.”

“I believe that we are now at a breaking point for our community hospitals,” said Betts, according to a press release from Republicans. “As legislators and policy experts, we need to decide just how important our community hospitals, including Bristol Hospital, are to our local economy, jobs, and access to quality health care by our constituents.  I believe that community hospitals should be a high priority as public health is a core function of state government. We should be supporting their efforts to improve our community, rather than putting them out of business. I strongly support the exemption of small hospitals from the hospital tax. We should not treat our community hospitals as ATM machines to fund state government. Bristol Hospital is our second largest employer. Common sense dictates that the legislature should be supporting policies which allow people to keep their jobs and allow hospitals the opportunity to invest in their facilities and equipment to ensure the highest quality care for all.”

The legislation is Senate Bill 49 (www.cga.ct.gov/2016/TOB/s/2016SB-00049-R00-SB.htm). The bill now awaits a committee vote.

Sen. Martin can be reached at Henri.Martin@cga.ct.gov or at 860 240-0022.  On the web: www.senatorhenrimartin.com .

Also testifying at the public hearing was Rep. Whit Betts (pictured), who represents Bristol and Plymouth.

Also testifying at the public hearing was Rep. Whit Betts (pictured), who represents Bristol and Plymouth.

State Senator Henri Martin and State Rep. Whit Betts appreaced by the General Assembly’s Finance Committee last week to testify on behalf of Bristol Hospital. “I am fortunate to represent the communities of Bristol, Plymouth, Plainville, Harwinton and Thomaston,” Martin said, according to press materials from his office. “Within those communities, our health needs are served by an exceptional local community hospital, Bristol Hospital. I believe this proposal will allow Bristol Hospital to continue to be one of the most recognized high-quality, low cost hospitals in our state.”  “Small community hospitals have taken a large financial hit over the last few years, and I believe that it is our responsibility as legislators to do all that we can to protect and provide for them moving forward,” Martin said in the release. “This proposed bill allows for the continued fiscal health of the state’s small hospitals by exempting hospitals that qualify for the small hospital pool from the current hospital tax program. When it comes to hospital finance, this bill provides much needed fiscal relief to small community hospitals. In addition, similar to what the business community has been looking for in Connecticut for years, this bill will provide predictability and stability that will allow Bristol Hospital to grow, continue to be a major economic engine within the greater Bristol region, and will allow them the ability to continue to provide a high quality care.” “As a lifelong resident of Bristol, I can tell you that Bristol Hospital is a cornerstone of our community,” Martin added.  “As the primary healthcare provider in our region, Bristol Hospital provides excellent care for residents 365 days a year, utilizing the most recent and technologically advanced methods available for medical treatment.  To highlight Bristol Hospital’s relentless pursuit of excellence, you can look to their countless extraordinary recognitions received over the years. Most recently, they received a Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Together, we must be vigilant against future cuts. Only by providing predictability and stability, as outlined in this legislation, will we allow small hospitals like Bristol Hospital to be fiscally solvent and the ability to continue to provide a high quality, low cost care. I am proud to stand alongside Bristol Hospital in this fight, and I urge passage of this proposed legislation.” "I believe that we are now at a breaking point for our community hospitals," said Betts, according to a press release from Republicans. "As legislators and policy experts, we need to decide just how important our community hospitals, including Bristol Hospital, are to our local economy, jobs, and access to quality health care by our constituents.  I believe that community hospitals should be a high priority as public health is a core function of state government. We should be supporting their efforts to improve our community, rather than putting them out of business. I strongly support the exemption of small hospitals from the hospital tax. We should not treat our community hospitals as ATM machines to fund state government. Bristol Hospital is our second largest employer. Common sense dictates that the legislature should be supporting policies which allow people to keep their jobs and allow hospitals the opportunity to invest in their facilities and equipment to ensure the highest quality care for all."  The legislation is Senate Bill 49 (www.cga.ct.gov/2016/TOB/s/2016SB-00049-R00-SB.htm). The bill now awaits a committee vote. Sen. Martin can be reached at Henri.Martin@cga.ct.gov or at 860 240-0022.  On the web: www.senatorhenrimartin.com .

State Senator Henri Martin and State Rep. Whit Betts appreaced by the General Assembly’s Finance Committee last week to testify on behalf of Bristol Hospital.
“I am fortunate to represent the communities of Bristol, Plymouth, Plainville, Harwinton and Thomaston,” Martin said, according to press materials from his office. “Within those communities, our health needs are served by an exceptional local community hospital, Bristol Hospital. I believe this proposal will allow Bristol Hospital to continue to be one of the most recognized high-quality, low cost hospitals in our state.”
“Small community hospitals have taken a large financial hit over the last few years, and I believe that it is our responsibility as legislators to do all that we can to protect and provide for them moving forward,” Martin said in the release. “This proposed bill allows for the continued fiscal health of the state’s small hospitals by exempting hospitals that qualify for the small hospital pool from the current hospital tax program. When it comes to hospital finance, this bill provides much needed fiscal relief to small community hospitals. In addition, similar to what the business community has been looking for in Connecticut for years, this bill will provide predictability and stability that will allow Bristol Hospital to grow, continue to be a major economic engine within the greater Bristol region, and will allow them the ability to continue to provide a high quality care.”
“As a lifelong resident of Bristol, I can tell you that Bristol Hospital is a cornerstone of our community,” Martin added. “As the primary healthcare provider in our region, Bristol Hospital provides excellent care for residents 365 days a year, utilizing the most recent and technologically advanced methods available for medical treatment. To highlight Bristol Hospital’s relentless pursuit of excellence, you can look to their countless extraordinary recognitions received over the years. Most recently, they received a Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Together, we must be vigilant against future cuts. Only by providing predictability and stability, as outlined in this legislation, will we allow small hospitals like Bristol Hospital to be fiscally solvent and the ability to continue to provide a high quality, low cost care. I am proud to stand alongside Bristol Hospital in this fight, and I urge passage of this proposed legislation.”
“I believe that we are now at a breaking point for our community hospitals,” said Betts, according to a press release from Republicans. “As legislators and policy experts, we need to decide just how important our community hospitals, including Bristol Hospital, are to our local economy, jobs, and access to quality health care by our constituents. I believe that community hospitals should be a high priority as public health is a core function of state government. We should be supporting their efforts to improve our community, rather than putting them out of business. I strongly support the exemption of small hospitals from the hospital tax. We should not treat our community hospitals as ATM machines to fund state government. Bristol Hospital is our second largest employer. Common sense dictates that the legislature should be supporting policies which allow people to keep their jobs and allow hospitals the opportunity to invest in their facilities and equipment to ensure the highest quality care for all.”
The legislation is Senate Bill 49 (www.cga.ct.gov/2016/TOB/s/2016SB-00049-R00-SB.htm). The bill now awaits a committee vote.
Sen. Martin can be reached at Henri.Martin@cga.ct.gov or at 860 240-0022. On the web: www.senatorhenrimartin.com .