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N.H. Bill Including ASC Tax Passes House and Moves to Senate

A bill amending New Hampshire's Medicaid Enhancement Tax through a broadening of the tax to include ASCs has passed the state's House of Representatives 247 to 28 and will move on to the Senate for a vote, according to a report from Seacoastonline.

A judge declared the MET, a tax on the state's hospitals, unconstitutional last month, because of a provision allowing a separate tax rates for the same procedures depending on whether they were performed in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

The House-approved version of the MET-amending bill includes a measure to clarify the existing law and lower the tax rate while broadening the tax to other providers of ambulatory services at large.

The Senate's current plan involves lowering the tax rate and narrowing the scope of the tax. Representatives from both houses will meet soon to discuss a compromise.

The MET produces $185 million annually for Medicaid and other state spending in New Hampshire, according to the report.

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