Budget Cuts Threaten to Ground LIfeStar

State Democrats Not Giving Props to Governor's Plan to Silence Prop

Gov. M. Jodi Rell is looking to chop funding for the medical chopper.

Her latest budget proposal eliminates the $1.39 million state subsidy to Hartford Hospital for operating the Life Star program, which includes a helicopter at William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich and one at Hartford Hospital, and Democrats aren’t happy about that.

Democratic officials will hold a rally and news conference Tuesday afternoon at Backus in support of the program.

Life Star is available to all emergency/critical care patients within a 150-mile radius surrounding the two bases.

Nearly 500 of Life Star's 1,400 annual patient transports originate from Backus.

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