How the Highway Funding Bill Could Affect You?

Some truck drivers may not understand exactly what happened at the beginning of the tax period in July 2011 or what caused the deadlock in Congress. One of the bills on the table was the Highway Funding Bill.  The proposal being thought about by Congress targets a condition that U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, added to the federal health care repair law that was designed to cushion Louisiana from a Medicaid rate drop due to the flood of rebuilding bucks spent because of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. An error within the writing of the bill has sent millions more to Louisiana than what was initially expected. Congressional Republicans are pushing to search out ways to offset the prices for the highway program.

Louisiana officers warned Wednesday that a proposal being thought about by Congress throughout final negotiations over an enormous transportation spending arrangement might strip over $650 million in federal funding from Louisiana’s Medicaid program over the next 2 years. The cut might shutter services and force deep reductions to spending on hospitals that look after the poor and uninsured within the fiscal year that begins July 1st. Secretary Bruce Greenstein said that if the Medicaid cut is approved, the state would get rid of programs that look after ladies with breast and cervical cancer, give hospice care and supply adult dentures to the poor and uninsured. Steep funding cuts would be levied across the LSU public hospitals and rural hospitals, and Greenstein said the tax paid to the doctors, clinics, and different health suppliers who look after Medicaid patients would be slashed by 10%.

Lawmakers are attempting to beat a June 30th deadline for the scheduled expiration of road and transit funding. If Congress doesn’t agree on another extension of the transportation bill, which will be its tenth continuance, the government’s ability to pay cash on road and transit can run out. The transportation funding additionally includes the government’s ability to gather the 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax that has been historically used to fund transportation projects.

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