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Schumer: Feds Should Pay Hospitals For Ebola Preparations

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for the federal government to reimburse hospitals around the state that spent millions preparing for Ebola — even if they didn't see a single case of the disease.

Schumer said Thursday his office surveyed hospitals around the state, determining that dozens of them spent between $25,000 and $40,000 on Ebola training, hazmat suits and other equipment. Five hospitals designated by the state as Ebola treatment centers spent an additional $5.5 million.

In New York City, more than $20 million was spent at Bellevue Hospital :  The federal government plans to announce soon how it will reimburse hospitals that treated Ebola patients.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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