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Opinion: Higher reimbursement rates should sustain Toppenish hospital

By Yakima Herald  
   May 24, 2023

The state's decision to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates for Astria Toppenish Hospital comes too late to save Astria’s Family Maternity Center, but it’s still welcome news.

Under a bill signed into law May 11 by Gov. Jay Inslee, the state will begin reimbursing inpatient visits by Medicaid patients at 120%, while reimbursing outpatient visits at 200%. Meantime, the state’s giving Astria $4 million in distressed hospital funding to help cover the nonprofit’s costs until the higher rates take effect this July.

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