State awarded $475 million, yet still cannot proceed with new hospital

The federal arbitration process to determine how much FEMA will reimburse the state of Louisiana for the replacement of Charity Hospital has come back with a decision. The state will receive $475 million -- great news for the city -- and removes one of the roadblocks for returning healthcare services to New Orleans.

This money should be used to rebuild, not to destroy. It should be spent now. LSU proposes to sit on this money for years as they try to find some way to finance their costly and destructive Lower Mid-City proposal.

We now have enough funding to gut and rebuild Charity Hospital.

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