(July 30, 2021 – Washington, DC) –Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi met with the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra to discuss the needs and funding challenges of Puerto Rico’s Medicaid Program. The Governor briefed the Secretary on the long-standing disparate treatment our Island has received in this program and how the bipartisan agreement reached by Members of the Subcommittee on Health of the House Energy & Commerce Committee would temporarily prevent the upcoming “Medicaid Cliff”. During the discussion, the Governor reiterated that the only long-term solution to the historical funding disparity in the Island’s Medicaid program is to give Puerto Rico state-like treatment. He also emphasized his Administration’s commitment to enhanced transparency and accountability measures regarding the use of federal funding.
“I was pleased to speak with the Governor about the progress being made in Puerto Rico to increase access to health care. Like President Biden, we at HHS agree that Puerto Rico should be treated equitably. We are prepared to implement the President’s vision and will continue to lend support.” stated Secretary Becerra.
“I must thank the Secretary of HHS, the Hon. Xavier Becerra, the first Latino to hold this office in the history of the United States, my friend and former colleague in Congress, for taking the time to speak with me today about the challenges of Puerto Rico’s healthcare system. During our conversation, we discussed how providing state-like treatment for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program is essential to give stability to the program and to guarantee access to healthcare for the American citizens on the Island. I appreciate the ongoing support of the Biden-Harris Administration to ensure our Island receives equal treatment under all federal programs and look forward to working together to achieve it,” stated Governor Pierluisi.