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County Health Care Services May Need Life Support

NBC Los Angeles, July 28, 2010

The Department of Health Services had hoped to erase most its deficit (about $200 million last year and about $429 million this year) with federal funds from various sources including federal funds, a hospital provider fee, and a Medicaid waver.

Despite assurances from congressional leaders during a visit by the supervisors to Washington in May and numerous follow-up calls, the prospects for funding now seem dim, based on comments by the supervisors today.

"The FMAP (federal medical assistance percentage) is on life support," said Yaroslavsky, saying that estimates had already been cut by 50 percent and it was still not clear whether the dollars would be available.

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