(December 12, 2019 – Washington, D.C.) – The Government of Puerto Rico met this week with Members of Congress to support the bipartisan compromise released last week by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee that includes funding for the Island’s strained health care system. The legislative proposal by the Senate Finance Committee, would provide Puerto Rico up to 12 billion dollars for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program at a 76 percent Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for four years.
While Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR), that provided a short-term extension of the 100 percent Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), until December 20, 2019, this bipartisan legislation will secure a longer-term solution to provide essential services to 1.4 million of Medicaid beneficiaries on the Island.
PRFAA and the Puerto Rico Department of Health have been working closely with Members of Congress to reach a longer-term solution to Puerto Rico’s Medicaid funding cliff.
“After months of discussions, we have bipartisan legislative language in the Senate that will provide a sustainable source of funding for our Medicaid program”. Said Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced. “Our Administration has worked tirelessly to provide the 1.4 million Medicaid beneficiaries the services that they deserve, this funding will ensure that we meet the health care needs of millions in Puerto Rico.”
“PRFAA has been diligently working for months to achieve increased federal Medicaid funding for the 1.4 million Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in the Medicaid program.” Said Jennifer M. Storipan. “If this legislation passes, the people of Puerto Rico will have access to essential services and quality health care. We will continue our advocacy efforts on Medicaid funding to ensure that this legislation is enacted into law.”
“Our commitment has always been to provide the people of Puerto Rico a sustainable health care system,” Said Puerto Rico Health Secretary Dr. Rafael Rodríguez. “We will continue to work hand-in-hand with the federal government so that we get the people of Puerto Rico a sustainable mechanism funding.”