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States Begging Congress for $24B Medicaid Bailout

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Four governors and a national economist are urging Congress to approve a $24 billion Medicaid bailout for state governments.

Without the extra money, they say cash-strapped states will make deep budget cuts. That could lead to thousands of layoffs, just as the economy moves toward recovery.

In a Wednesday briefing, the Democratic governors of Washington, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin say it's critical for Congress to approve the money soon.

Republicans and Democrats alike in roughly 30 states have counted on higher federal Medicaid payments for their upcoming year's budgets. But deficit worries have kept the bailout cash stuck in Congress.

 

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