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The Oregon House has voted to increase provider taxes. The revenues had been taxed for at least a decade, but under the new bill, they would be extended to nursing homes through 2020. It would also force 25 nursing homes that had been exempt from paying to start ponying up.
The revenue eventually comes back to providers, but it creates some $1.3 billion in federal matching funds for Oregon’s Medicaid coffers. The bill now heads to the state Senate; Republicans have promised to block the measure, hoping to obtain some cuts in public pensions.