Storm-Struck Puerto Rico May Get Another $1B In Medicaid Funding
The House Energy and Commerce Committee tucked the request into the bill to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program.
House Republicans Seek $1 Billion In Medicaid Funds For Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico, struggling to recover from hurricane damage, could receive $1 billion in additional funding for the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor under a proposal from a U.S. House of Representatives panel, a congressional aide said on Tuesday. Republicans who lead the House Energy and Commerce Committee included the request for more Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico as part of a separate bill to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program. It is scheduled to be considered and voted on in committee on Wednesday. (Cornwell, 10/3)
GOP Bill Would Direct Extra Medicaid Funds To Puerto Rico
The legislation is the first Republican request to direct extra Medicaid money to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The island is still trying to deal with the severe damage it received from the storm. The legislation from the House Energy and Commerce Committee mirrors a bipartisan proposal in the Senate Finance Committee, but it also includes some potentially controversial offsets. (Weixel, 10/3)