As Gov. Rick Scott considered budget vetoes last week, some of the state’s best-known hospitals, including St. Mary’s Medical Center and Bethesda Memorial Hospital, feared he would slice $65 million that lawmakers had set aside to help the industry move to a new Medicaid payment system.
So hospital chief executives from across the state sent nearly identical letters to Scott that offered an assurance: If he approved the $65 million for the upcoming 2013-14 fiscal year, they wouldn’t come back next year and ask for similar money.
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