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TEXT-S&P: FASB change effects on U.S. non-profit health care ratios

(The following statement was released by the rating agency)

Oct 10 - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today in a new report thata new Financial Accounting Standards Board rule will change some U.S.Not-For-Profit Health Care Medians, it will not affect Standard & Poor's view ofthe various obligors it rates.

The report, "How U.S. Not-For-Profit Health Providers' Financial Ratios WillChange Under The New Bad Debt Accounting Rules," includes pre- and post-rulecomparisons of various ratios Standard & Poor's considers in the ratingprocess.

While not all obligors we rate will have the same variance in new, we don'texpect this accounting rule change in and of itself to affect ratings.

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.(New York Ratings Team)

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