Counties' uncompensated healthcare costs are rising, and increasingly governments are drawing on general funds to pay the bills, according to a survey of 49 counties by the National Association of Counties. Thirty of the counties surveyed said they are responsible for financing uncompensated healthcare, and all reported increasing costs during the past two years. Some 27% of counties said the increase in their spending ranged from $1 million to $5 million; 30%, generally counties with populations of more than 1 million, said the increase exceeded $5 million. The majority of counties, 80%, are tapping their general funds to pay for the increased costs, the group said. Officials from several metropolitan counties will meet with members of Congress and White House staff in the next two days to seek support for increased Medicaid spending and other measures to offset county costs. -- by Lisa Scott
Counties absorbing more uncompensated care costs: report
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