Electricity Cut Off for Puerto Rico Hospital That Owes $4M

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Puerto Rico’s power company has cut off electricity to a hospital over nearly $4 million in unpaid bills, part of a stepped-up effort by the heavily indebted agency to collect money amid the island’s economic crisis.

The Electric Power Authority said it waited for surgeries to end Thursday before pulling the plug at the Santa Rosa Hospital in the southern coastal town of Guayama. The hospital says it can operate temporarily using generators.

 The power company is $9 billion in debt and has been pursuing people and businesses that owe it money, joining other government agencies in a similar crackdown.

Puerto Rico is buried in $70 billion of public debt and seeking a restructuring mechanism from the U.S. Congress. The governor announced last year that the amount is unpayable.

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