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State bill would protect workers affected by hospital closures

State bill would protect workers affected by hospital closures

Statewide legislation is being considered in the Maryland General Assembly that would provide some relief for displaced employees of hospitals that close, such as University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace which is slated to close in the next several years.

Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, whose district includes Havre de Grace, is sponsoring House Bill 932, requiring hospital operators to pay a fee to cover the cost of assisting any employees who lose their jobs because of the closing or merger.

The bill applies to a community hospital that is closed and then converted to a free-standing medical center, or is acquired by a larger hospital or health...

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