Posted: 9:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Provider taxes on hospitals have been around for decades, but states have increasingly adopted or expanded the use of them during the recession. Nationwide, 47 states and the District of Columbia have provider taxes. The first was established by Florida in 1984, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
In 2011 alone, 15 states established or expanded provider taxes and fees – totaling more than $1.8 billion in new tax revenue, statistics from the national group show.
President Barack Obama has proposed capping the amount of federal dollars spent on provider fee programs to save money – a move hospitals officials fear will shift more costs onto states and ultimately providers.
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