State Hospital and Medical Provider Taxes: Not What the Doctor Should Order
Taxing health care to pay for health care seems counterintuitive, but it is increasingly popular with state governments. Budgets are strained and Medicaid demand is up. In response, states are raising many taxes, and health care providers are an increasingly popular target because the revenue raised from those taxes can be used to obtain a larger amount of federal matching funds. States shift Medicaid revenues to their general funds while shifting Medicaid costs to the federal government. Twenty-two states have significant health provider or hospital taxes, and six of those have been enacted or expanded within the last year. Four enactments or expansions are pending.