Hospital may get fed help

Senator proposes aid for nonprofit hospitals

WASHINGTON — If and when disaster hits Los Angeles, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wants to make sure Hollywood can pay its medical bills.

With the entire country under orange alert due to the heightened terrorism threat, the solon introduced a bill last week to make the San Fernando Valley’s Motion Picture and Television Hospital, and other private, nonprofit hospitals like it, eligible for federal disaster relief funds.

The Motion Picture and Television Hospital was built more than 80 years ago to provide medical care and social services to members of the industry.

Because the hospital is private and was established to serve patients with a showbiz connection, it currently does not qualify for federal disaster relief.

In emergency situations like the aftermath of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, however, the hospital has a policy of opening its doors to the public.

As a result, Feinstein believes it should have access to federal assistance.

“This bill simply puts the Motion Picture Hospital, and other facilities like it, on equal footing with other critical care facilities when applying for federal disaster assistance,” Feinstein said in a statement.

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