Lawmakers seek details on proposed hospital merger

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers quizzed representatives of some
of Kentucky's largest hospitals Wednesday about the potential
impacts of a proposed merger on health care in the state.
The proposed merger, which would couple the University of
Louisville Hospital with a Catholic health care provider, needs the
approval of Gov. Steve Beshear.
Beshear said he's still gathering information he needs to make a
decision about the merger of University Hospital, Jewish & St.
Mary's HealthCare and St. Joseph Health System.
Some lawmakers have expressed reservations, saying they're
concerned that Catholic Health Initiatives might invoke religious
views on patients, particularly regarding reproductive care.
University Hospital is in negotiations with another Louisville
hospital that could perform tubal ligations for indigent women if
the merger is approved, The Courier-Journal reported.

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