Georgia Provider Fee Passes House, Awaits Governor's Signature

The only thing standing between Georgia hospitals and a new provider fee is Gov. Nathan Deal's signature, as both chambers of the state's legislature passed a bill that would renew the fee, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.

Georgia's provider fee bill passed the Senate in January, and in a 147-18 vote last week, the bill passed the House. The current fee is set to expire in June.

The bill will transfer the provider fee levying authority from the legislature to the Georgia Department of Community Health, which runs the state's Medicaid program. In addition, hospitals will continue to pay 1.45 percent of their net patient revenue in order to gain roughly $450 million in federal matching Medicaid funds, which boost reimbursements to safety-net hospitals that treat more low-income patients.

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