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Schumer: Ambulance funding threatened

Created: 12/12/2013 4:34 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Sen. Charles Schumer warns that ambulance crews are threatened with the loss of critical funding.
    
At stake is $40 million in Medicaid payments statewide used to pay for ambulance services. He says that critical funding will expire Jan. 1 if Congress doesn't act first.
    
The Democrat says that without action, urban ambulances will lose 2 percent of their federal funding and rural services will lose 3 percent.
    
Schumer says ambulance crews say the funding is vital. He is proposing a five-year extension of the funding.
    
An officer with the American Ambulance Association says the funding is needed for financial stability and to replace old equipment and update technology.



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