REVISE THE HEALTH CARE TAX
AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTERS
Ambulatory surgery centers provide personal attention,
state of the art equipment and high-quality care close to home.
Revise the tax. Save the patient.
Its a law of unintended consequences.
Faced with an impending budget deficit, the state legislature—in the final hours of the 2015 legislative session—approved a 6 percent healthcare tax on ambulatory surgery centers, known as ASCs. Since there had been no hearings, no discussion and no consultation with the industry, the implications of that decision were largely unidentified, unknown and uncertain.
Knowing what we know now, the best option for Connecticut is for the legislature to repeal this ill-advised tax. We urge you to support efforts aimed at repeal, in the best interests of the residents of our state, in both the short term and the long term.
The tax does nothing to improve the health of Connecticut residents — just the opposite is true, as it adds to the financial burdens of those who are suffering from health issues and in need of affordable, convenient, quality care.
With the imposition of the gross receipts tax, ASCs (and ultimately, the public they serve) have the worst of both worlds. They pay the taxes of a small business, and have been singled out for an additional tax that higher-priced competitors—namely hospital outpatient departments—are not required to pay.
Connecticut needs to go back to the future, repeal the 6 percent gross receipts tax on ambulatory surgery centers and continue to encourage rather than discourage this sector of the healthcare industry that improves care and saves lives, reduces patient and industry costs, and pushes advances in health care that will make an enduring difference in the quality of our lives for years to come.
Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers
304 West Main St., Suite 2
Avon, CT 06001
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