Twenty-three percent of the money the state receives from casino and slot parlor licensing fees would go into a new Healthcare Payment Reform Fund.
Supporters of the fund, which is in both the House and Senate casino bills, hope to raise $40 to 50 million for the move to electronic health records and for other costs they say will eventually help the state spend less on health care.
The health care fund would get the largest single share of casino license fees with the balance going to community colleges, transportation, community mitigation and other projects. The House and Senate are still working on major legislation they hope will lead the state to better, more efficient and lower cost health care. But they are betting that some of the money they need will come from casino developers.
Legislative leaders aren’t sure exactly what the fund would be used for — it could also pay to retrain health care workers whose jobs change as the state overhauls health care spending.
The Senate had hoped to release its health care payment reform bill next month, but that schedule looks doubtful now. For letter-of-the-law types, here’s the relevant section of the bill: Continue reading