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Blunt Delays Payments to MO Hospitals

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Gov. Matt Blunt (UPI file photo)

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri will delay at least $90 million in state and federal Medicaid payments to hospitals.

Governor Blunt's office and some hospital officials on Tuesday said the move is aimed at easing the state's continued cash flow problems.

The Blunt administration already is delaying $100 million in payments due to its major universities. Blunt's office said the funds are to be paid before the fiscal year ends June 30th.

The payments are being delayed to allow the state's bank accounts to fill up with individual income tax payments that are due Friday.

Office of Administration commissioner Michael Keathley says the alternative would have been to delay the payment of income tax refunds.

Democrats, meanwhile, suggest the Republican governor is mismanaging the state budget.

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