About 12 of the roughly 140 hospitals in the Missouri Hospital Association say they will face financial hardship because of a decision by Gov. Matt Blunt to delay $90 million in Medicaid payments, a spokesman for the state hospital association said. The delay will allow the state to pay tax refunds to citizens sooner, and the hospitals should receive the payments in June, a spokeswoman for Blunt said. Hospitals can ask to receive the funds earlier in cases of hardship, the spokeswoman said. She said the governor's office negotiated with the hospital association over the best ways to handle the deferment and hospitals were aware of the delay since March. State funds account for about $30 million of the delayed payments and federal matching funds for the other $60 million, she said. -- by Joseph Mantone
Mo. hospitals say Medicaid delay will be hard for some
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