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Hospital Tax May Go to Reserve
California Healthline

The state budget proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown extends the Hospital Quality Assurance fee, which is due to expire at the end of 2013. The complicated fee structure was originally planned to gather about $2.8 billion from private hospitals over the 30-month life of the fee. Some of the money is used to tap federal matching money, which benefits both hospitals and the state. The state estimates extending the fee would add $310 million to the state’s general fund in fiscal year 2013-14.