A supplemental budget appropriation that allows Illinois to collect a hospital assessment tax and distribute it along with additional federal Medicaid proceeds is awaiting Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s signature.

The General Assembly last week gave final approval to the measure, which was sponsored by Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D-Evanston, and House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago. The supplemental budget item allows the state to collect the taxes on hospitals in the third and final year of the existing hospital assessment plan. Hospitals will receive a total of $1.2 billion under the final year of the program.

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