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N.Y. expected to seek financial aid for hospitals

By Melanie Evans
Posted: November 7, 2012 - 9:30 pm ET

New York state officials are expected to ask federal health officials this week for immediate cash assistance for hospitals affected by superstorm Sandy.

Bill Schwartz, a spokesman for the state health department, said officials are finalizing the request to the CMS, known as a Medicaid 1115 waiver, for short-term financial aid for hospitals and a total dollar amount is not yet available.

Kenneth Raske , president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, said financial stress caused by the storm left a few hospitals struggling to meet payroll. Hospitals that evacuated lost revenue and others that accepted the influx of hospital and nursing home patients are grappling with increased staffing and supply costs, he said. More than a week after the storm made landfall, some hospitals remain closed and are expected to stay so for a while, he said.

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The Healthcare Association of New York State told its members in a Nov. 6 e-mail that about 3,000 patients were evacuated as a result of the fatal storm, which left millions of homes and businesses without power and forced dozens of hospitals to rely on emergency backup generators. NYU Langone Medical Center evacuated during the storm as its emergency power failed and the hospital remains closed. Bellevue Hospital Center and Coney Island Hospital, both owned by the city's New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., also remain closed.

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