A federal measure launched by Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Del. Gregorio Sablan might elevate the Medicaid cap for Guam and different U.S. territories.
Sablan on Tuesday reintroduced laws to offer limitless federal funding for the Medicaid program within the U.S. territories.
4 committee chairs have been among the many 30 unique cosponsors of Sablan’s invoice, together with the brand new chair of the Home Appropriations Committee, Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut), a launch from his workplace acknowledged.
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Sablan met final week with President-elect Joe Biden’s company assessment group for the Inside Division to request the Workplace of Insular Affairs work to elevate the Medicaid cap. Inside Secretary-designate Deb Haaland helps lifting the cap, in response to a information launch. She cosponsored Sablan’s laws within the final Congress.
Lifting the cap to offer limitless federal funds was supported by the Obama-Biden administration in its 2017 finances proposal. The Trump administration by no means adopted by way of.
Because it stands, U.S. territories have caps on federal Medicaid funding that limits how a lot will be spent.
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Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero stated she helps the measure.
“COVID-19 is forcing each American to acknowledge the inequities of our nationwide healthcare coverage. Because of this we labored with the White Home, the U.S. Senate, and (Del.) Michael San Nicolas to keep away from the Medicaid cliff in 2019 and safe decreased match charges going ahead,” she stated.
“As Individuals, all of us profit from federal well being care coverage that helps these with the best financial want and with out arbitrary limitations,” she stated.