Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands)
Continuing the push to bring the Marianas into Medicaid and avoid the funding “cliff” this October, I led a request from all the insular area representatives, asking President Biden to include funding for this purpose in his FY22 budget proposal, expected in May. The Obama/Biden FY17 budget proposed lifting the cap on Medicaid funding for the insular areas and putting us on a transition to full inclusion in this federal health insurance program for those with low incomes. The Republican-led Congress did not accept that proposal. Now that Democrats control both the Senate and the House the chance of passing the Obama/Biden Medicaid proposal are improved. I have introduced legislation authorizing the first step: lifting the Medicaid cap; and that legislation, H.R. 265, already has 60 cosponsors. President Biden has made it a priority for his administration to address the inequitable allocation of federal resources, such as Medicaid. Inclusion of the Obama/Biden proposal in the FY2022 budget is consistent with that directive.