Should the legislation clear committee and earn general Assembly and Senate approval, it would go into effect immediately.
But it did not move from the Health Committee on Wednesday. And lawmakers are expected to close deliberations on Friday for summer recess.
The hospital proviso gained backing from the Healthcare Association of New York State this week.
In a memorandum of support, the association said: “It is vital that health-care policy reflect the needs of rural safety-net providers. …This legislation recognizes the role that the current facility plays and enables Adirondack Medical Center to continue providing access to high-quality health-care services in the Lake Placid community.”
Adirondack Health and its trustees have held several public meetings since April, gathering input on their plan to turn the Lake Placid Emergency Department into an immediate-care center.
Part of the issue, according to doctors who spoke at public information sessions, is that state law requires hospitals to maintain laboratory and emergency services around-the-clock, seven days a week.
Trustees at Adirondack Health tabled any action on May 30, pending further research.
Hospital officials reported that Lake Placid’s Emergency Department is losing nearly $500,000 annually.
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