Bill Gives Hospitals Up to 7-Year Seismic Extension

Gov. Jerry Brown’s office announced last week that he signed two bills that provide up to seven years of deadline extensions for seismic upgrades at some of the state’s riskiest hospital buildings. Like many things in Sacramento, though, the bills are complicated and rely on the passage of an additional hospital finance bill to become operative, said Anne McLeod, senior vice president of health policy for the California Hospital Association. It remains to be seen whether an informational senate hearing scheduled for Wednesday on seismic safety will have any bearing on the just-signed package of bills. Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, called for the hearing, which will focus on hospital and school seismic safety, largely in response to the California Watch series On Shaky Ground.  The hospital seismic deadline extension bills signed by the governor were part of a legislative package that gives hospitals a much-needed budget boost.

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