CHICAGO - Winning the praise of many lawmakers and business and health care groups, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle this week resurrected a plan to impose a new assessment on hospitals with the aim of raising an additional $300 million annually in federal Medicaid funds.

"In these challenging economic times, it is more important than ever that we move forward with a hospital assessment in order to reward hospitals that consistently provide high-quality health care to Medicaid patients," Department of Health Services Secretary Karen Timberlake said of the new proposal that was submitted to lawmakers.

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