NY awards $56M for hospitals, nursing homes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York health officials have awarded $56 million to a dozen hospitals and nursing homes even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio repeated dire warnings that some Brooklyn hospitals will close without more federal Medicaid money.

The funding announced Monday for community-based care for the poor and elderly include $10.5 million for Nassau University Medical Center on Long Island and $14.8 million for the Northeast Center for Special Care, a residential facility in the Hudson Valley.

State officials say New York needs the federal Medicaid waiver providing about $2 billion annually for five years to help struggling hospitals cut capacity while emphasizing primary medical care and cutting hospital admissions.

That includes $1 billion for Brooklyn hospitals that have 1,200 excess patient beds.

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