Governor Charles D. Baker's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2017

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Initial Gross Payments to Qualifying Acute Care Hospitals

SECTION 32.   Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, on or before October 1, 2016 and without further appropriation, the comptroller shall transfer from the General Fund to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund established pursuant to section 66 of chapter 118E of the General Laws, in this section called the fund, the greater of $45,000,000 or one-twelfth of the total expenditures to hospitals and community health centers required pursuant to this act, for the purposes of making initial gross payments to qualifying acute care hospitals for the hospital fiscal year beginning October 1, 2016. These payments shall be made to hospitals before, and in anticipation of, the payment by hospitals of their gross liability to the fund. The comptroller shall transfer from the fund to the General Fund, not later than June 30, 2017, the amount of the transfer authorized by this section and any allocation of that amount as certified by the director of the health safety net office.

This annual section requires the Comptroller to transfer sufficient money from the General Fund to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund to make the required initial gross payment to qualifying hospitals. It requires the Health Safety Net Trust Fund to repay the General Fund before the end of fiscal year 2017.

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