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      Schumer says ambulance funding is threatened

      Senator 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 January 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.