House passes spending bill with $127M Medicaid funding for Guam, awaits Senate passage

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The U.S. House of Representatives overnight passed a bill that includes $127 million in Medicaid funding for Guam in this fiscal year and another $127 million in the 2021 fiscal year.

The bill also increases the federal medical assistance match for Guam to 83 percent from 55 percent now.

“We now have meaningful progress,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero in a release.

“While this measure only provides for a two-year deal,” said the governor, “the alternative was a clear and present danger to our people and millions of others in Puerto Rico, the CNMI, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.”

The Medicaid provision for the territories is included in the $1.4 trillion spending bill passed by the U.S. House. The spending measure now moves on to the U.S. Senate for final passage.

President Trump is expected to sign the measure into law.

“I join Governors from the Territories of the United States in thanking the House for its passage of a measure that would help millions of Americans keep the healthcare they need,” states the Governor in her release.