WASHINGTON -- A group of House and Senate leaders has added to the furor over new Medicaid financing rules by urging the Department of Health and Human Service to withdraw the rules immediately or risk deepening the financial problems of many states.

"Withdrawal of the [rules] will avert disruption of health coverage to some of the most vulnerable among us, while affording Congress and the administration the opportunity to formulate appropriate policies," the chairmen of six congressional panels on health care said in an Oct. 7 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan.

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