Much of the concern this year stemmed from questions about whether President Donald Trump’s plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act would make the program obsolete. That prompted some legislators to back new limits for the program’s extension.
"The blanket three-year renewal of the provider fee is the wrong way to go," said state Rep. Geoff Duncan, a Cumming Republican and likely candidate for higher office. "In my mind, putting a one-year shot clock gives the Trump administration the time they need to develop a strategy and put the best foot forward."
The supporters, including state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, said the state health board has the power to cut its collection of the payment if that happens. So did Deal, who commended the "courage" of lawmakers to quickly adopt the measure to allow a new hospital provider fee, which the state health department is expected to soon enact.
“Because of their leadership and quick action on this matter,” he said, “we will not have to take away resources from other portions of the budget.”
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