States face the expiration of the federal Medicaid funding

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About 36 states will lose at least $100 million each in federal Medicaid funding in fiscal year 2005 unless Congress extends the temporary increase in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP), according to a report issued by the Children's Defense Fund.

The current FMAP is set to expire June 30. If Congress does not intervene before then, the long-term care community will be one of the biggest losers, advocates say.

The reduction in overall potential federal funding will range from $10 million in Wyoming to more than $1 billion in California and New York.

The report can be found at www.childrensdefense.org/pressreleases/default.asp.