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Dolan Center Funding in Jeopardy

Retroactive state aid cuts lead Levy to propose closing Pulaski Road center.

Retroactive state aid cuts have put the in Greenlawn in jeopardy, hospital and legislative sources said Sunday.

The state is pushing a $20-million clawback, requiring centers to reimburse the state for certain funds spent since 2008. And County Executive Steve Levy and legislative leaders have scheduled a press conference for noon Monday in Hauppauge to express opposition to the cuts.

Levy's office said the retroactive loss of state aid would force the closure of the center and another in Coram, as well as cuts in other county health care centers.

But Suffolk County Majority Leader Jon Cooper, D-Lloyd Harbor, objects to that plan.

"Although I join in supporting the county executive in opposing the announced New York State retroactive cuts of $20 million worth of reimbursements to county health centers, I am strongly opposed to County Executive Levy's proposal that we completely eliminate funding for the Dolan center," Cooper said. "If there is no alternative to cuts and the state decision cannot be rescinded,  I would forcefully urge that we have uniform across-the-board cuts at all of Suffolk County's health centers without unfairly targeting the Dolan center."

"The only fair thing to do is spread the pain. But Levy wants to defund 100 percent of Dolan. There's no way I'm going to support that," Cooper said.

A  source described the cuts as "extremely damaging, bordering on ruinous," but declined to say anything further until Monday's press conference.

Levy's office said that New York State on July 1 will stop reimbursement for all “optional” health care services provided by counties, including: public health nursing, emergency medical services, home health care, long-term health care, dental services for children, public health laboratories and some environmental health services.

The Dolan center was established 10 years ago after community members and united to provide medical services for those who couldn't afford care. A large one-time donation from the Dolan family helped get the site going, and it is run by Huntington Hospital.

The center says it is Long Island’s only privately owned, charitably supported primary care health center. The Pulaski Road center has a staff of 57.  

Patched Out 2 March 21, 2011 at 02:04 AM
Thank you for the clarification regarding her interview. Nope I dont have any bias against her.
Jen LaVertu March 21, 2011 at 01:17 PM
I agree with Eric. I have stopped posting because of what he described. She attacks anyone who does not agree with her and comments on EVERYTHING. Doesn't even have kids in the school. The "health and well being of the children" is the BOE's concern while they are IN school. For the BOE to micro manage people in their homes is not governments place.
Patched Out March 21, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Jenifer and Eric I agree I too will not post anymore, finally then maybe management will see the problem!
Jorge March 21, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Me four to Jennifer, Eric and Nick. Sayonara until I don't see her on here anymore.
christine matis March 23, 2011 at 01:44 AM
I agree David. The safety net will be the emergency room with higher costs associated with it. Remember, no one goes to the emergency room and just gets a band-aid. Care requires high cost technology services such as Cat Scan, MRIs, lab and blood tests. This is passed on to the taxpayer. I remember seeing this 20 years ago. Then the movement, to reduce these unnecessary services associated with emergency room and establishing health clinics. So once again, money is not there but now the taxpayer will be paying more again. Have we not learned. Dejavu once again. Are we going to reach crisis again in education, health and social needs, only to pick up the pieces again . Do communities have to crumble? When is government going to stop wasting taxpayers money. When are we going to learn that having a safety net is essential in a modern society.

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