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Gov. Pierluisi Spearheads Meeting for Medicaid Funding

By on June 2, 2021

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said today, Wednesday, that Puerto Rico would receive more than $3 billion in Medicaid funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 if Congress treated the Commonwealth as any other state.

The governor issued the estimate after meeting with a Multi Sectorial Health Group established through an executive order to advance several initiatives before Congress. Among its objectives, the group seeks to place Puerto Rico on equal footing with the states in Medicaid funding.

“I have been working hard to ensure that Puerto Rico’s Medicaid and Medicare programs have a funding allocation similar to that of the states,” Pierluisi said.

According to the governor, the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) would reach 83 percent if Puerto Rico was treated as a state regarding Medicaid allocation. In line with this percentage, the burden on Puerto Rico’s budget would be 13 percent.

President Biden’s budget included language that removes the caps on allocating funds for the Medicaid program for Puerto Rico and the territories while aligning its match rate with that of the states.

The President’s budget serves as a starting point for legislators to determine the funding levels and national priorities.

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