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Fri January 15, 2010

Health Care Concerns

Oklahoma City, OK – AG expresses concern over health care bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Attorney General Drew Edmondson has sent a letter to congressional leaders expressing concern about a provision in the national health care overhaul bill.

Edmondson and South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster are leading a group of 15 state attorneys general in asking Congress to strike a provision in the Senate version of the bill. The provision gives special treatment to the state of Nebraska.

The attorneys general are concerned with language requiring the federal government to pay the costs of Nebraska Medicaid enrollees who are newly eligible under the pending bill's new Medicaid mandates.

Edmondson said no other state is afforded that type of windfall. He says the new mandates will place an additional financial burden on Oklahoma and every other state, except Nebraska.

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