hospital lawsuit http://nhpr.org en Lawmakers Look For Medicaid Tax Solution http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-look-medicaid-tax-solution <p>A recent ruling declaring a state tax on hospitals unconstitutional is leaving lawmakers scrambling for a fix. On Tuesday, three amendments were put forward, each offering a different path.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Representatives Cindy </span>Rosenwald<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Nashua) and Neal </span>Kurk<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span>R-Weare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) are co-sponsoring a plan that changes technical language within the Medicaid Enhancement Tax and designates that none of the revenue be allocated to the state's general fund.</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:22:43 +0000 Todd Bookman 48036 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers Look For Medicaid Tax Solution Judge Rules Disputed Hospital Tax Unconstitutional http://nhpr.org/post/judge-rules-disputed-hospital-tax-unconstitutional <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Superior Court Judge has ruled that a state tax paid by New Hampshire hospitals is unconstitutional.</span></p><p>Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem paid $1.4 million to the state in 2011 under what’s called the Medicaid Enhancement Tax. Hospitals pay a set percent based on revenues.</p><p>Northeast Rehab argues it’s unfair that it has to pay the tax while other medical providers that do the same procedures--but aren’t classified as hospitals--don’t.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:48:24 +0000 Todd Bookman 43440 at http://nhpr.org Judge Rules Disputed Hospital Tax Unconstitutional Medicaid Lawsuit Lurches Forward http://nhpr.org/post/medicaid-lawsuit-lurches-forward <p></p><p>At the end of September, Judge Steven McAuliffe did something unique: he invited U.S Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to come to Concord and weigh in on the suit.</p><p>The Judge is looking for help in deciding whether or not the State’s slashing of Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals followed proper guidelines.</p><p>Well, the Secretary didn’t show. But an attorney for her agency did phone into the hearing, and informed the judge that Sebelius isn’t quite ready to give her opinion.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:31:43 +0000 Todd Bookman 16003 at http://nhpr.org Judge Says Hospital Lawsuit Against State Has Legal Standing http://nhpr.org/post/judge-says-hospital-lawsuit-against-state-has-legal-standing <p></p><p>The ten New Hampshire hospitals suing the state over Medicaid reimbursement rates <em>do</em> have a legal basis for their lawsuit. That’s according to an order issued today by a federal judge.&nbsp;</p><p>The hospitals argue that the State’s slashing of more than $250 million in Medicaid funding in the last budget violates Federal guidelines. Those guidelines are meant to ensure adequate quality and access to health care for Medicaid recipients.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:20:49 +0000 Todd Bookman 13775 at http://nhpr.org Judge Says Hospital Lawsuit Against State Has Legal Standing Lawsuits Over State Cuts To Medicaid http://nhpr.org/post/lawsuits-over-state-cuts-medicaid <p>Attorneys for the state and for ten N.H. hospitals are in federal court this week. The hospitals are suing the state over major cuts in Medicaid they say are impacting medical services for low income patients.</p><p>Ten of the state&rsquo;s largest hospitals say that $130 million in state Medicaid cuts is not only forcing hospitals to cut services to the poor, but they are also illegal. Gordon Macdonald is the hospital&rsquo;s attorney.</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 22:40:43 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 1369 at http://nhpr.org Lawsuits Over State Cuts To Medicaid Hospitals and State Spar Over Money http://nhpr.org/post/hospitals-and-state-spar-over-money <p>There&rsquo;s a lot of tension between New Hampshire and hospitals in the state right now.</p><p>The source of the problem....money, of course.</p><p>Thursday morning the two sides clashed in federal court over a cut in how much the state pays to treat low-income patients.</p><p>And then this afternoon, lawmakers drilled down on a tax dispute with some of the hospitals.</p><p>Even before the budget passed in June the state&rsquo;s relationship with hospitals was strained.</p><p>But by the time the dust settled the relationship had been put in the ICU.</p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 00:07:20 +0000 820 at http://nhpr.org Hospitals and State Spar Over Money