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Budget plan adds Medicaid funding

With governor’s OK, Mass. hospitals would get higher reimbursements

Weeks of wrangling over special Medicaid payments to Massachusetts hospitals that treat large numbers of patients with government insurance has resulted in an additional $40 million being allocated to so-called disproportionate share hospitals in the state budget now being considered by Governor Deval Patrick.

The money will come from boosting overall Medicaid spending and tapping gambling revenues, not from a distressed hospital fund as envisioned in a Senate plan.

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