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Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan
Sent By:
Christopher.DeVore@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Become a Cosponsor of H.R.6495 – The
Insular Area Medicaid Parity Act

Bill Text

House cosponsors (20): Grijalva*, Velázquez*, San Nicolas*, Radewagen*, Plaskett*, García (IL)*, Espaillat*, Serrano*, Soto, Gabbard, Meng, Ocasio-Cortez, DeLauro, Jackson Lee, Case, Napolitano, Cox, Cleaver, Lee, Fudge

Dear Colleague,

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the gaps in our national healthcare system like never before. One of those gaps is that our national Medicaid program does not reach all Americans with full coverage. Unlike the states, which have unlimited federal funding,
American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands each has a limit on annual funding set by law.

“Unequal treatment in federal programs like Medicaid has left these remote islands with fragile healthcare systems”
. No matter how many fall ill, no matter how costly or prolonged their treatment, that cap will always limit healthcare in the territories.

Now, as never before, we have also come to understand that, while some areas of our nation are ill, no area of our nation can be well. That is why I have introduced the Insular Area Medicaid Parity Actwhich will repeal the cap
on territories’ Medicaid. By repealing the cap, we will be doing more than just ensuring there are sufficient resources to face the COVID-19 crisis. We will be setting up the healthcare systems in the territories to respond to the next public health challenge,
whatever it may be.

The text of the bill can be found
here
. To become a cosponsor of this legislation, please fill out
this form
or contact Christopher.DeVore@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan
Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Economy, HealthCare, Natural Resources

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 6495
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