Budget Is Bad News For Baystate

The signing of the fiscal year 2018  state budget is bad news for Baystate Health. 

Governor Charlie Baker, in  putting his signature to the spending plan on Monday, vetoed a  three-million-dollar earmark for the Springfield  health system. 

Most of the money was supposed to be for a new medical  school that is being currently renovated on North Main Street, while the  rest would have helped Baystate with Medicaid patient treatment. 

The  governor's office explained the veto on Monday by saying Baystate is  already getting Medicaid help through a waiver signed between the state  and federal governments.

The legislature could still override the veto of the money.

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