The director of ASES will explain the fiscal cliff of the health system in the congress

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Washington – On behalf of the Government of Puerto Rico, the Executive Director of the Health Insurance Service (ASES), Ángela Ávila, will explain Thursday to the commission of the federal lower house with jurisdiction over Medicaid funds, the fiscal cliff to which the health system is moving.

Ávila will be one of the speakers at the hearing convened by the Subcommittee on Health of the Energy and Trade Committee to discuss "how to strengthen medical care" now and in the future.

In May, Ávila warned the Natural Resources Committee that by the end of the year non-permanent Medicaid funds, Puerto Rico would invade an annual $ 1,200 million cliff in April that will leave about 600,000 people without medical care.

The chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Democrat Frank Pallone (New Jersey), said The new day seeks a solution for Puerto Rico and the other areas by September.

Javier Llano, a Democratic lobbyist at Capitol Hill Advisors, said Pallone's intention is to include funds for Puerto Rico and the territories in a health industry tax project that could vote for a commission next month.

Llano, who represents MCS and Atlantis Healthcare Group from Puerto Rico in the area of ​​health, said it is believed that this legislation could also seek taxation on insurers under the Obamacare law, which represents a payment of approximately $ 200 million annually, to eliminate. for medical plans on the island.

In May, Ávila indicated that "Congress must act before September 30, 2019 to prevent catastrophic damage to our health system and the health and well-being of the people of Puerto Rico".

From October, Puerto Rico will stop having the $ 4,800 million it has been able to use in the last 18 months, as an emergency and that has made it possible to get 100% the Vital program, the health plan of the island government , to fund. .

Puerto Rico must then again make available 45% of the costs of the services financed with Medicaid funds.

"The areas are on the verge of a humanitarian and financial crisis if Congress does not act quickly to increase Medicaid funding for next year and beyond," said President Anna Eshoo, President of Congressman Pallone and Health Subcommittee. a statement

"This hearing will be an opportunity to hear directly from representatives of Medicaid programs in American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands about the challenges their programs are facing "Congress has a responsibility to ensure that Medicaid continues to provide long-term security for the health and well-being of US citizens living on the ground. To do this, we need to understand the financing problems and possible solutions," added Palone and Eshoo.

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