“Today, the U.S. Senate approved the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201”, a bill that will provide an additional robust response to the global COVID-19 outbreak and address the personal safety and financial security of millions of Americans. This legislation includes provisions that provide Puerto Rico access to free testing for COVID-19 and $100 million for emergency supplemental nutrition assistance to Puerto Rico and the territories. Additionally, an increase to the Medicaid program funding cap from $2.6 billion to $2.7 for FY20 and from $2.7 billion to $2.8 billion for FY21 as well as an increase of 6.2 percent in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) on a quarterly basis during the term of the emergency period.
We thank the U.S. Senate for its swift action to ensure that millions of Americans can receive assistance during this heightened time of concern for public health. This legislation will provide Puerto Rico much-needed federal assistance as Governor Vázquez Garced continues to take proactive protective measures to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the 3.2 million U.S. citizens who live in during this global emergency.
PRFAA will continue to work with Congress, the Administration, and Federal Agencies so that Puerto Rico receives the appropriate federal assistance it deserves; our priority continues to be ensuring the unmet needs of the island are met during this global emergency.”