Puerto Rico Health Secretary Dr. Rafael Rodríguez Meets with Congress to Discuss Critical Medicaid Funding for the Island

(October 24, 2019 – WASHINGTON, D.C.) – On this week of October 21, 2019 the Puerto Rico Health Secretary, Dr. Rafael Rodríguez, held several meetings in Congress regarding ongoing discussions about Puerto Rico’s Medicaid funding. After the enactment of H.R. 4378, “Continuing Appropriations, 2020, and Health Extenders Act 2019,” Puerto Rico and other territories are receiving 100 percent Federal Matching Assistance Programs (FMAP), through November 21, 2019.

This short-term Medicaid funding is a temporary fix to a long term funding deficit that continues to harm the healthcare system in Puerto Rico. If a long-term solution is not enact, it will impair the ability of Puerto Rico to provide critical healthcare services to U.S. citizens on the Island.

“We are working closely with Members of Congress to ensure a long-term funding mechanism for Medicaid.” said Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced “My Administration will work tirelessly to provide Medicaid beneficiaries on the Island the healthcare they deserve.”

“Sustained Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico is critical to continue providing essential health services to the nearly 1.5 million U.S. citizens enrolled in Medicaid on the Island.” said Jennifer M. Storipan, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. “The program services the island’s most vulnerable residents and PRFAA will continue to advocate for a funding mechanism that allows Puerto Rico to continue providing these services”.

“We will continue to work diligently with members of the House and Senate to achieve a sustainable, long-term funding mechanism that provides certainty and stability for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program” said Puerto Rico Health Secretary Dr. Rafael Rodríguez. 


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