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SB 70: Hospital Medicaid Financing Program; sunset provision; extend

Voted on Friday February 10, 2017

John Pezold's thoughts

This legislation extends the hospital bed tax until 2020.

What is the 'hospital bed tax'?
The state charges hospitals 1.45 percent of net patient revenue to help pay for Medicaid. Trauma centers pay 1.40 percent. That money enables the state to draw federal matching dollars. Dollars are redistributed to hospitals based on Medicaid services they provide. Hospitals that care for a lot of Medicaid patients can get back more than they pay, while those that don’t may have a net loss on the tax.

I voted NO on this bill because it’s just a band-aid on the rural health care crisis and it raises taxes without an end game solution. Additionally, this is a revenue bill that began in the Senate and per the state Constitution, revenue bills should originate in the House.

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John Pezold's Vote

Vote Totals

The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.

Voted Total % Majority Vote?
Yea 152 84.4% Majority Vote
Nay 14 7.8%
Did not vote 2 1.1%
Excused 12 6.7%