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N.Y. seeks over $3 billion for storm-damaged healthcare facilities

By Melanie Evans
Posted: November 26, 2012 - 5:45 pm ET

New York is seeking roughly $3.1 billion for damaged hospitals and other healthcare facilities and more funds to pay for protection against future flooding.

About $2.8 billion of that amount would address damage in New York City, according to the Greater New York Hospital Association. Four weeks after the storm, four New York City hospitals cannot admit patients. Long Beach (N.Y.) Medical Center also remains closed.

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The New York damage estimate for all repair and response costs, including healthcare, totals $32.8 billion. Prevention and mitigation costs would total $9 billion, which would include secondary power supply systems for healthcare systems, the New York governor's office said in a news release. The amount is independent of Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement and must be authorized by Congress, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

The Greater New York Hospital Association said in an e-mail to its members the amount does not include a $427.3 million request to Medicaid for emergency cash relief for hospitals and other healthcare facilities with damage or disrupted operations from the storm, which made landfall on Oct. 29.

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