DC City Council Approves Larger Subsidies for Struggling Hospital

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United Medical Center (UMC), the only Washington, DC hospital east of the Anacostia River, faces severe cuts in funding during the 2020 fiscal year. The failing hospital indicated that it would need $40 million to avoid cuts in services, but recently received a slight increase in proposed city funding.

The city council approved its 2020 budget on May 28, which avoided dramatic cuts to city funding for the hospital that would have provided United Medical Center with less than half of what it would need in the following year. According to WTOP, the council approved a subsidy of approximately $22.1 million in 2020, up from the $15 million initially proposed.

Ward 8 Councilman Trayon White appealed for additional funds to sustain the vital, city-owned hospital. White noted that residents in Wards 7 and 8 use UMC every day.

“As we saw from a lady who suffered…

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