Puerto Rico Health Care

Puerto Rico Health Care

House Committee Advances Bill to Sustain Medicaid Programs in the Territories and Avoid Deep, Harmful Cuts

On July 11, by voice vote, the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee reported out essential legislation (H.R. 3631) to avert large federal Medicaid funding shortfalls the territories will face starting in 2020.  Without additional federal funding the bill would provide, the territories would have no choice but to institute damaging cuts […]

Sound House Bill Would Establish Pathway for a Sustainable, Improved Medicaid Program in Puerto Rico

As we wrote last year, Congress should consider making permanent changes to Puerto Rico’s federal Medicaid financing structure to ensure the long-term viability of its Medicaid program.  This includes eliminating Puerto Rico’s federal funding cap over time, raising the federal matching rate and requiring fuller compliance with the same federal Medicaid requirements that now apply […]

Clearing Up Confusion about the Medicaid Rebate Program: Part II

As federal efforts to address prescription drug costs intensifies, this three-part blog series addresses misleading claims or confusion about Medicaid, its highly effective drug rebate program and overall drug pricing issues in the hopes of better informing the debate moving forward.  Part I | Part III Aggressive negotiation and closed formularies are only one factor in […]

Ensuring Robust and Resilient Medicaid Programs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands During Post-Hurricane Recovery and Over the Long Run

On February 9th, Congress enacted the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which included temporary financial assistance critically needed by the Medicaid programs of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as the islands struggle to recover from the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.  But Congress should also consider permanent Medicaid financing changes to sustain […]