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Puerto Rico officials urge congress to take immediate action to avoid 'Medicaid cliff'
Published on March 23, 2017Email To Friend    Print Version

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares

WASHINGTON, USA -- The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, and Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Jennifer Gonzalez spoke to a group on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge the US Congress to address immediately the urgent and entirely avoidable health care crisis known as the ‘Medicaid Cliff’.

Rossello and Gonzalez were joined by a delegation of several legislators from Puerto Rico, members of the governor’s administration, and three members of the US Congress, Jose Serrano (D-NY), Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL).

“We are here to alert Congress about this important issue that is challenging not only to Puerto Rico, but sure to have significant fallout on the federal government and many states on the mainland,” said Rossello in his statement.

“If not addressed soon, it will contribute to increasing the already high migration from Puerto Rico and…cause severe strain on the budgets of mainland states like Florida, New York and Texas,” Rossello continued.

Rossello noted that approximately 500,000 Puerto Ricans are Medicaid eligible and would be impacted and lose coverage if the issue is not resolved.

“We urge Congress to protect its citizens in Puerto Rico and taxpayers on the mainland, and address this critical issue now,” Rossello said.
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Richard Charron:

Simple solution is to declare Puerto Rico a foreign country, require visas to travel from there and then put them on a travel ban. Problem solved.


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