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Vermont dentists oppose proposed provider tax


Vermont legislators are considering extending the state's health care provider tax to include dentists in an effort to address budget deficit issues. But the state dental association warns that it may be passed on to patients and could have a "chilling effect" on recruiting new dentists. Gov. Peter Shumlin has proposed extending the tax — now assessed on the net revenue of hospitals, nursing homes, and managed care companies — to include dentists and insurance companies. The 3 percent tax on dentists' gross receipts of services would bring in about $6 million, which subsequently will add about $9 million from the federal government in additional Medicaid funds, he said. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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