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Doyle calls special session of Legislature to pass hospital tax

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Doyle has called for a special session of the State Legislature to re-estimate hospital tax assessments, in order to qualify for additional $108 million in federal Medicaid revenues.

The changes are part of the two-year budget state lawmakers are currently debating. But legislative leaders have yet to agree on some major differences and a number of critical financial deadlines are fast approaching.

"The budget I submitted to the Legislature in February depends on making deep cuts and taking advantage of potential sources of federal revenue," Governor Doyle said. "My preference would be for the entire budget to be completed on time, but the Legislature is now facing critical financial deadlines and I am calling on them to act."

Federal Medicaid revenues that support hospitals and state services rely on having new hospital assessment rates in place by June 30. In order for the bill to take effect by that date, it must pass the Legislature and be signed by Governor Doyle by June 29.

The Legislature will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday to take up this issue.

According to Doyle, the bill would provide an additional $108 million to hospitals during this fiscal year, and allow the state to claim an additional $74 million in federal Medicaid revenue.

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