Lobbying Continues to Further Raise Medicaid Funding
Puerto Rico’s healthcare system and its Medicaid program was a central topic of discussion last week in Washington, D.C., between island politicians, healthcare officials and members of Congress as the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to advance numerous healthcare bills to the full chamber, including House Resolution 4406, or the “Supporting Medicaid in the U.S.Territories Act.” This bill includes five years of Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico, in the form of a $3 billion allocation and a Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) of 76 percent.
Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Products Association of Puerto Rico (MMAPA by its acronym) President Roberto “Bobby” García told Caribbean Business that the amount of funding assigned to the island can still be increased before the bill goes down to the full lower chamber for a vote and then to the Senate.
“The short answer is ‘yes’,” Garcías said when asked if the bill could still be amended. “And, I would say we are in the early beginnings from the information we received after our recent visit to Washington D.C. in these last couple of days.”
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