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Hospital Settlement, Highway Tolls On Agenda For Hartford Special Session

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Connecticut lawmakers will hold hearings on Friday to learn the details of Governor Ned Lamont’s settlement of a long-running dispute with the state’s hospitals.

Lamont says the seven-year deal calls for the state’s hospitals to withdraw legal claims that potentially exposed Connecticut to as much as $300 million a year in liability.

“I’m glad of the fact that we did it in collaboration with the hospitals. I think we give them some stability and certainty, especially when it comes to Medicaid payments. A small increase over the next seven years. What that means in terms of those small hospitals, something they can count upon. I think it’s a big deal."

The deal requires that the state's Medicaid reimbursement rate to hospitals increase 2% annually.

Lamont would like lawmakers to ratify the deal in a special session next week.

He also wants them to use the special session to take action on his revised transportation plan with truck-only tolls.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.
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