Final Shriners Decision Today

The Shriners are wrapping up their annual meeting in San Antonio and are expected to announce changes to their children's hospitals sometime today.

In preliminary votes, the Shriners refused to close six hospitals – including the one in Erie – but agreed to seek payment from insurance providers. Thursday.

For 87 years, the Shriners have provided free care to children without billing insurance providers. But the recession has dropped the Shriners endowment below $5 billion, forcing them to look at other options.

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