Sending Office: Honorable Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan
Become a Cosponsor of H.R.6495 – The
Insular Area Medicaid Parity Act
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
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 Act, which 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.
Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan
Member of Congress
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