Shelby County Warns Arkansas over The Med

MEMPHIS, TN - Shelby County Commission members say it's past time for Mississippi and Arkansas to pay for medical services to their residents by The Med.

County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to warn neighboring states The Med may cut off medical services to their residents who don't have critical injuries or illnesses.

The hospital is facing a $10 million shortfall and pays about $24 million a year in uncompensated medical claims from Arkansas and Mississippi residents.

The hospital used to get between $2 million and $3 million in shared funds from Mississippi and the federal government.  That agreement expired last year.

Arkansas has been paying about $1 million per year, but is trying to raise $30 million to fund a trauma network.  The Med would be a part of it.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)