The federal government rides in with a $435 million aid package for Massachusetts hospitals that treat predominantly poor patients, with the largest chunk going to Boston Medical Center, The Boston Globe reports.
The plan, negotiated with Governor Deval Patrick’s administration over the past seven months, includes $180 million for BMC and gives Cambridge Health Alliance, which runs the state’s only public hospital, an extra $163 million in federal Medicaid funding over two years.
The money, except for the Cambridge Health Alliance portion, must clear a remaining hurdle before it is transferred into the hospitals’ coffers. The federal government will provide $335 million, but Massachusetts must come up with about $100 million. The state Legislature must authorize the use of the state funds, language that has been held up as part of Republican objections to a larger spending bill.
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