Thursday, July 31, 2014

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Restore Medicaid Eligibility for Migrants From Micronesia

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Guam - The U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee has approved an amendment to the Immigration bill that would restore Medicaid eligibility for migrants from Micronesia.

The amendment was introduced by Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono.

In a release, Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo points out that the amendment covers FAS migrants to Guam who would be eligible for Medicaid outside of Guam’s Medicaid cap, if the Bill becomes law. 

Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo called it a "positive step forward in addressing Compact-impact issues, especially given current budget constraints."  And Bordallo thanked Senator Hirono for offering the amendment saying "should Congress maintain this provision and pass this comprehensive immigration bill, it will help to mitigate one of the most significant impacts of the Compacts of Free Association."

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

Senate Judiciary Committee Includes Hirono Amendment to Permit Medicaid Coverage for FAS Citizens in Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 14, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to include Amendment #15 in S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The amendment was offered by Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, and would make Compacts of Free Association (COFA) migrants eligible for Medicaid outside of Guam’s Medicaid cap. S. 744 still must be considered by the full Senate.  The amendment is similar to H.R. 912 which was introduced by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii which the Congresswoman is an original co-sponsor and also similar to legislation that the Congresswoman has sponsored in the past.

Further, Congresswoman Bordallo joined her colleagues on the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in sending a joint letter in support of the amendment to Chairman Patrick Leahy and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley of Senate Judiciary Committee. The efforts of CAPAC and Congresswoman Bordallo, the Vice Chair of CAPAC, helped to ensure the amendment was adopted by voice vote and was generally supported on a bi-partisan basis.

“I thank Senator Hirono for offering this amendment and for working to address and fix this longstanding issue for our states and territories,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “State and local governments continue to bear much of the financial burden of providing social services to COFA migrants as a result of the Compacts. Senator Hirono’s amendment restores Medicaid eligibility for these migrants and will allow the federal government to pay a percentage of the health care costs for eligible migrants, many of whom are currently covered by our local MIP. Should Congress maintain this provision and pass this comprehensive immigration bill, it will help to mitigate one of the most significant impacts of the Compacts of Free Association.


I also want to thank my colleagues in CAPAC for their support of this amendment. This is a positive step forward in addressing Compact-impact issues, especially given current budget constraints. I will continue working with them to maintain this provision and push for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform. I remain committed to working with Governor Calvo and the legislature to look at other legislative measures to address and mitigate the financial burden from the Compacts.”

 

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