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More controversy over closing inpatient care at Cooper Green

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Tuesday, Jefferson County commissioners are expected to vote on a new model for indigent health care.  This is part of the plan to halt inpatient services at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital.

Another protest is expected at the courthouse as the meeting gets underway.

On Monday at a news conference held by the Committee to Develop Birmingham and the Citizens Advisory Board, allegations surfaced that commissioners are trying to hide the fact $49 million in federal healthcare money will be lost by canceling inpatient care.

"So you're going to close the hospital, turn it into a bunch of clinics, use $49 million in federal healthcare that you claim that you gotta do because you're spending $10 million that you fictitiously charged the hospital?" William Muhammad with the Committee to Develop Birmingham asked.  "This just makes no sense," he continued.

County Manager Tony Petelos told ABC 33/40, it is true the county will lose federal health care dollars; however, he stressed it's money allocated to inpatient care.  The county still will continue to receive federal money based on the other services that will still be offered at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital.

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