Friday, March 05, 2010

How SWEET! TN Hospitals want to tax us more

at the State level so they can get more of our federal tax money. With "friends" like this...

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Hospital Association leaders briefed state officials Thursday about their plan to raise $229.5 million from a 3.5 percent fee on hospitals.

Hospital officials said the money -- meant to offset many of Gov. Phil Bredesen's proposed TennCare cuts -- will be raised through what they are calling an "enhanced coverage fee" and would draw an additional $429.6 million in federal matching funds. That would provide a combined total of $659.2 million for TennCare, the state's version of Medicaid.