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Hospital fees excite interest in several states

The possibility of instituting hospital fees or taxes to support state Medicaid programs recently has made the news in both Georgia and Tennessee. Now three more states–New Jersey, California and Idaho–also are either looking at creating such fees or increasing fees that are already in place. Yesterday New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proposed heavy spending cuts for the state’s fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget to address a $10.7 billion budget shortfall. Gov. Christie said that the budget “stands up for our hospitals despite all our fiscal challenges.”