Mississippi lawmakers are still debating whether to tax hospitals to help pay for Medicaid, the government health program for the needy.
The House and Senate voted Tuesday to send a bill back for more negotiations.
Lawmakers met a Monday night deadline to keep the issue alive by filing what they call a "dummy bill", a proposal without substance.
Gov. Haley Barbour wants lawmakers to set a hospital tax that will generate $90 million a year. It would replace a similar tax the state collected for about a dozen years. The federal government blocked the previous hospital tax in 2005.
House leaders are proposing a $45 million hospital tax, but the House and Senate haven't agreed on an amount.
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