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Congress Extends Federal Matching for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid Program

By on September 30, 2021

Congress voted on a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that provides an extension of the Federal Matching Assistant Percentage (FMAP) of 76% for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program. 

This vote provides a short-term fix and prevents the FMAP to revert to the set statute at fifty-five percent. Historically, Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program has had several funding limitations and shortfalls that have been addressed by Congress using stopgap funding.

Previously, the Biden-Harris Administration announced an administrative interpretation on Section 1180 of the Social Security Act. This action resulted in $3 billion in Medicaid funding that will grow with inflation in perpetuity for Puerto Rico.

“We thank Congress for including Puerto Rico’s Medicaid Program in the CR and look forward to continuing working tirelessly in partnership with our allies to ensure the Americans citizens of Puerto Rico have access to the same benefits as their counterparts in the mainland,” said PRFAA’s Executive Director, Carmen M. Feliciano.

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