Oklahoma, Utah Extend Hospital Provider Fees

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The state Senates in both Oklahoma and Utah have agreed to extend hospital provider fees, which have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in extra Medicaid reimbursement.

In Oklahoma, a Senate health subcommittee voted to extend the provider fee through 2019, and now the measure will head to the full appropriations committee, according to an Associated Press/Tulsa World report.

Oklahoma's legislature approved the provider fee in 2011, and the federal government approved it in January 2012. The fee generates roughly $420 million in additional Medicaid funds to hospitals that serve a disproportionately higher number of Medicaid patients.

Similarly, in Utah, a Senate health committee unanimously approved the provider fee, which generates roughly $154 million in extra Medicaid reimbursement, according to a Salt Lake Tribune report. Utah's provider fee accounts for about 30 percent of hospitals' Medicaid budgets.

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