The Louisiana Senate passed a bill imposing a 1.5% tax on hospitals' net patient revenue, and the bill will return to the House, which passed it previously, because of some amendments. Gov. Kathleen Blanco backed the bill and is expected to sign it quickly, said John Matessino, president and chief executive officer of the Louisiana Hospital Association. The tax is expected to raise $87 million and with federal matching funds generate a total of $290 million for Medicaid, the LHA said. It does not apply to rural hospitals, state- or federal-owned hospitals, or separately licensed long-term acute-care, rehabilitation or psychiatric hospitals. -- by Paul Barr
La. hospital revenue tax gains state Senate's approval
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