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Legislature passes bill for community input in hospital closures

June 10, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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ALBANY — THE STATE LEGISLATURE passed a bill last week that would give communities a greater say in the closure of any area hospitals, reports Gothamist.  The bill is a welcome move with advocates who have been sounding the alarm over the increasing closures of city hospitals in recent years, leading to strain on NYC’s healthcare system. The new law, which will now go to Governor Hochul, would require hospital operators to hold public meetings on any proposed shutdowns 150 days in advance, as well as require an assessment of how the closure would affect health equity for marginalized groups in surrounding areas. The legislation, known as the Local Input in Community Healthcare Act, was first proposed by Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon in 2015 in response to the closure of Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill.

The bill would not apply to any hospitals that have already submitted proposals to the state, meaning that the potential closure of SUNY Downstate would not be affected. 


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