Maines Medicaid program would pay hospitals $551 million more over four years, under a budget proposal that Gov. John Baldacci has agreed to submit to the state Legislature for approval. Some $330 million of the new money would make up for reimbursement shortfalls. Hospitals have argued that they are shortchanged under the state Medicaid program, MaineCare, because it bases hospital payments on old enrollment data. Enrollment reached 270,000 in 2006, up from 180,000 in 2001, because of changes that increased eligibility. The Maine Hospital Association negotiated with Baldacci on the proposal and endorsed the plan. The new payments would become effective July 1, 2007, the beginning of the states fiscal 2008. -- by Joseph Mantone
Maine may increase hospital payments
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