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Oct 1, 2009 1:24 PM by jthibodeaux

Jindal asks for rejection of unfunded mandates

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal sent a letter to Louisiana's congressional delegation urging them to oppose any national health care overhaul that would require states to pick up part of the tab. Jindal sent the letter Wednesday, echoing the concerns of several governors who say they worry about a possible expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the needy and disabled.
Cash-strapped states already are struggling with growing Medicaid budgets. Louisiana also faces a $700 million annual cut in federal spending in the state's Medicaid program that will begin in the 2010-2011 budget year. Jindal, a Republican, opposes the Democrats' national health care overhaul proposals being debated in Congress.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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