WASHINGTON – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire warned Monday unless Congress acts quickly to provide $23 billion in additional Medicaid funding Washington state may have to lay off up to 12,000 workers. In a letter to the state’s congressional, Gregoire said the state was counting on the $480 million it expected to receive from the federal government through the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMPA) program.
The governor said absent the federal funding, she would be forced to call a special session of the Legislature. If the Legislature acted quickly to fill the budget deficit, the state would have to cut 6,000 jobs. If the Legislature waited until January when it regularly meets, the state might have to cut 12,000 workers, Gregoire said.
“If the extension is not realized, the state will not only be unable to provide medical services to thousands of families, but would likely see a loss of thousands of jobs as across the board cuts would be a likely response,” Gregoire said.
Here’s a link to the governor’s letter:GovGregoireFMAP