Alabama Legislature extends 2 taxes for Medicaid

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature has voted to extend two taxes that support the state Medicaid program.

The assessments on nursing homes and hospitals were due to expire this year, but the Senate gave final approval Thursday to bills that extend the nursing home tax for two years and the hospital tax for three years. The bills passed the House earlier and now go to the governor to be signed into law.

Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur says the bills were critical to maintaining Medicaid services for low-income Alabamians.

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