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Sunday, March 7, 2010

42 Governors Ask Congress for Extension on Medicaid Funds

Out of Connecticut:

Congress urged to extend Medicaid
Published: Sunday, March 7, 2010

Social services providers, researchers and state legislators Friday urged Congress to pass a pending jobs bill that would extend the provision of federal funds supporting Medicaid.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell and 41 other governors have already sent a letter to Congress requesting an extension, and various groups held a teleconference Friday echoing those sentiments.

Ron Cretaro, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits of Hartford, said his organization represents more than 500 nonprofits in the state.

More than 300 of them hold human services contracts with government agencies, which makes those agreements vulnerable to state budget cuts.

James Horan, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Human Services in Hartford, said failing to extend federal Medicaid assistance would hurt both low-income families and the state economy.

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