HARTFORD, Conn. – It didn’t look like it was going to happen, but a bill that would make it easier for private for-profit hospitals to take over nonprofit hospitals was on its way to the governor’s desk.
The so-called hospital conversion bill would help for-profit hospitals like Texas-based Tenet Healthcare Corporation come into Connecticut and acquire physician practices without being in violation of current law.
The issue was so complicated and involved so many varied interests that it looked at times like lawmakers were content to ignore it.
“We could have done nothing and sat back and waited to see what happens in the corporate world with private hospitals and foundations,” Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven, said.
But that’s not what happened.