When the Georgia House of Representatives takes up the 2013-14 budget – its most pressing duty of the legislative session — Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) expects the biggest challenge to be in health care.
“It’s going to be the shortfall in Medicaid funding, about $350 million,” Benton commented last week. When asked where the legislature would find that money, he replied, “I guess they’ll go to cut other agencies again.”
But Benton also predicted that there will be strong sentiment — and strong opposition — to renewing the hospital bed “provider fee” that has gone to meet Medicaid expenses but which has expired.
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