CO $600M hospital fee survives
Another major part of former Gov. Bill Ritter's legacy survived Tuesday when a House Republican backed away from his bill to repeal a large fee on hospitals. Colorado hospitals actually worked hard to get the medical fee passed in 2009, when Ritter was governor, because the approximately $600 million fee draws matching money from the federal government. It is projected to add 100,000 people to the rolls of government-sponsored insurance plans, such as Medicaid. The scheme increases hospital revenue and reduces the amount of charity care hospitals give to uninsured patients. Rep. Janak Joshi, R-Colorado Springs, saw the fee as a tax illegally passed without a vote of the people. "In Colorado, we spell 'tax' as 'fee,' and I kind of felt someone needs to use their spellcheck a little better," Joshi said.
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