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Georgia governor hits wall on new fees to fund trauma care

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 15, 2009

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue found quick opposition for his proposal to fund Medicaid and trauma care with new fees on hospitals and speeding motorists. Perdue has proposed a 1.6% fee on hospital revenues and health insurance plans to fill the state's $208 million hole in Medicaid this year, and to provide $60 million toward a statewide trauma network. Perdue told legislators he knew his plan would "not be universally acclaimed," but said the federal government created the problem.