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Bed Tax" Passed By Governor
05/28/2010

Kansas will be imposing a new tax on nursing home beds in hopes of securing additional federal funds.

Gov. Mark Parkinson signed a bill Thursday to impose the tax.

The additional federal funds attracted by the tax would offset previous budget cuts.

The new law will apply a tax of up to $1,950 a year on each nursing home bed, raising about $30 million. The federal government would then provide an additional $56 million in Medicaid funds.

The entire $86 million will then be distributed back to nursing homes.

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