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Reform Medicaid Provider Tax, Editorial Urges

In a recent editorial, the Washington Post called for the federal government to reform the provider taxes that most states use to help finance their Medicaid programs.

Provider taxes essentially enable states to increase the effective rate at which the federal government matches their Medicaid spending.  Past efforts to limit provider taxes have failed, but the Post calls for reform to be phased in over a number of years.

In the past year, the National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has conveyed to Congress on numerous occasions its support of Medicaid provider taxes.  Such taxes are thought to be on the table during the current fiscal cliff negotiations between the Obama administration and congressional leaders.

Read the Washington Post editorial on Medicaid provider taxes hereCongress Chamber.

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