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Gov. Addresses Equal Treatment in Medicaid With Congressman Pallone

By on July 1, 2021

The Representative is the Chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi spoke with U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone about the island’s Medicaid program. 

Pallone will be in charge of proceeding with any piece of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that seeks to improve Puerto Rico’s access to the Medicaid program.

The governor addressed the issue of equal treatment in this important federal health program and outlined strategies for a long-term solution to the Medicaid program’s funding structure. The governor also recalled the urgency of seeking a solution before Sept. 30, when the program’s available funds expire.

“I thank U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone for working hand-in-hand with us to achieve the equal treatment that all American citizens living in Puerto Rico deserve. Like me, I know that Pallone is looking for a long-term solution, and I am confident that he will be an ally of Puerto Rico during this process,” the governor said. 

For his part, Pallone thanked the governor “for his commitment to ending the constant cycle of facing a fiscal cliff in the Medicaid program.”

“The current situation is unsustainable and deeply unfair to people living in Puerto Rico and in U.S. territories that depend on the Medicaid program,” Pallone said. “I thank the governor for his collaboration and hope that together we will continue to work to ensure that the federal government provides the territories with the Medicaid funds they deserve.”

Finally, Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Executive Director Carmen Feliciano said: “We will continue to meet with the White House and Congress members.”

“During this process, we have seen a lot of interest in working on this issue and looking for a solution,” Feliciano said. “I thank Chairman Pallone for his commitment with Puerto Rico and look forward to continue to work together.”

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