Puerto Rico Governor Rosselló Requests Gov. Scott's Assistance in Solving Puerto Rico Healthcare Crisis
San Juan, Puerto Rico - March 20, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) The Governor of Puerto Rico, Hon. Ricardo A. Rosselló Nevares, has alerted Governor Rick Scott of Florida in a letter, calling his attention to the "rapidly approaching drop in federal healthcare funding for Puerto Rico, known as Medicaid cliff," which will likely result in a substantial economic impact to the Florida budget. The full text of the letter is attached.
The "Medicaid cliff" is a scenario caused by funding shortfalls built in to the unique and inequitable healthcare funding mechanisms for Puerto Rico. If realized, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans, all natural born citizens of the United States, will likely continue to relocate to Florida to qualify for Medicaid, costing Florida taxpayers $2.5 billion over the coming decade.
In the letter, the Governor states,
I'm reaching out to ask for your help in activating Florida's Congressional delegation as a voice of reason in Congress on this issue which is entirely avoidable. Moreover, Congress has a perfect opportunity to deal with this as it works to approve legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (Entire letter below.)
Similar letters have also been sent to the governors of the following states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Click below to access a fact sheet on the Medicaid program of Puerto Rico and information on the Medicaid Cliff: https://we.tl/5pSI86woqw
Federal Affairs Administration
Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico
Phone: (202) 394-1750
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