Oklahoma, Utah Extend Hospital Provider Fees

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.

More Articles on Hospital Provider Fees:

Georgia Provider Fee Passes House, Awaits Governor's Signature
Tennessee Sen. Corker Calls for Nationwide End of Provider Fee "Gimmick"
Georgia Medicaid Lists Hospital "Winners" and "Losers" of Provider Fee

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