Miss. hospitals won’t try to kill tax for Medicaid

The leader of the Mississippi Hospital Association says his group won’t fight renewal of a tax his members pay to help fund Medicaid.

The association protested in 2009 when then-Gov. Haley Barbour pushed for the hospital tax.

Now, the association’s president and CEO, Sam Cameron, says the tax gives hospitals something very important — predictability in their expenses.

“It’s no question that it has cost us some financial negative impact for some of the hospitals,” Cameron said Tuesday. “But very honestly, without it, the funding of the Medicaid program would not be there.”

AP
1/18/12