State lawmakers disagree on how to spread out $650 million in Medicaid payments to hospitals. Elsewhere, rural communities and at-risk populations feel the impact of hospital difficulties in Missouri and Georgia.

Tampa Bay Times: Why’s The Budget In A Stalemate? Hospital Cuts 
With a key budget deadline looming late Tuesday, lawmakers’ negotiations were stalled in large part over disagreement on one of the largest issues the state funds: Hospital funding. While the House and Senate came to an agreement last week that would cut $650 million from hospitals’ payments through Medicaid, they still haven’t agreed on how to put those cuts — or a potential $1.5 billion boon in Low Income Pool funds approved by the federal government — into effect. (Auslen, 5/2)