NYC Public Hospitals Grapple With Cuts

Although New York lawmakers didn't trim the state's deficit as much as Governor Paterson would have liked, they still approved cutting about $200-million in healthcare spending.

LaRay Brown, with New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation, says that will mean $8.4 million less for the city's public hospital system. Brown says the HHC hasn't decided how it'll deal with that loss yet, but she's worried cuts will be even more harsh next year.

BROWN: We would hope that our state legislators recognize the essential role that the public hospitals in New York play, and that they would seek to minimize the reductions in Medicaid funding to the state's largest safety net.

REPORTER: Brown says HHC has already consolidated some programs, and instituted a hiring freeze to contend with earlier budget cuts.