Senate to vote Thursday on Medicaid provider tax

[private]The Georgia Senate has scheduled a floor vote Thursday on SB 70, one of the most important healthcare bills introduced in the Legislature this session.

SB 70 would extend for another three years the Medicaid provider tax paid by the state’s hospitals. The tax brings in about $300 million a year from the hospitals and in turn is matched by about $600 million in federal Medicaid funds.

Gov. Nathan Deal and most of the legislative leadership support passage of the bill. Without the nearly $1 billion a year in Medicaid funding it brings in, thousands of low-income Georgians would no longer be able to get medical treatment.

Senators are also scheduled to vote Thursday on SB 85, which would allow craft brewers to sell at retail up to 3,000 barrels of beer a year for on-site and off-site consumption.

Georgia is one of the last states that still prohibits breweries from selling at retail, but the Craft Brewers Guild and the Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association (GBWA) agreed on the language of the bill. The Georgia Restaurant Association also supports the measure.

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