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Aug 20, 2014 9:24 AM by Associated Press

Fresno County ends contract for indigent services

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The Fresno County Board of Supervisors is ending the county's contract for medical services for the poorest residents.

The Fresno Bee reported Tuesday that supervisors voted 4-1 to terminate the contract effective Sept. 1. Under the contract's rules, the county's payments for health services will end 90 days after the termination.

The newspaper says the move could leave undocumented immigrants without access to certain services.

But county officials say they will continue to work with local health clinics and seek an increase in reimbursement for the costs of county patients.

For now, undocumented people can use local clinics for primary care and emergency care services.

A judge recently ruled the county didn't have to provide certain specialty care services after the national Affordable Care Act went into effect.

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