Post-Hurricane HealthCare in Puerto Rico

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Almost four weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, 90% of the island’s electrical grid remains out, and almost 100% of Puerto Ricans either have no running water or must boil or treat their water before safely drinking it. Perhaps most worryingly, the island’s health care system, which has never been so critically needed, is barely functioning.

Yet barring immediate action by Congress, funding for Medicaid, a program that at least 40 percent of Puerto Ricans rely on for health care, is about to run out as a result of an arbitrary funding cap set by Congress decades ago.  Call our Members of Congress and demand that they support legislation giving Puerto Ricans fair funding for Medicaid, and urge them to act immediately on Puerto Rico’s other vital recovery and reconstruction needs as well.

Action:  Ask our Members of Congress to insist on fair funding for Medicaid in Puerto Rico

Rep. Adam Smith: DC 202.225.8901; Renton 425.793.5180

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC 202.225.3106; Seattle 206.674.0040

Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202.224.2621; Seattle 206.553.5545

Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202.224.3441; Seattle 206.220.6400

Script

“Hello, my name is [name], and I’m calling from [ZIP]. Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico need far more relief and recovery assistance from the federal government than they have received to date, and they still struggle with past injustices such as the cap on Medicaid funding.   I"m asking [NAME] to insist on fair funding for Medicaid in Puerto Rico.  I'm also asking [him/her] to support all legislation addressing Puerto Ricans' urgent need for hurricane relief and recovery."

References:

http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/khn-puerto-rico-hurricane-health-crisis.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/opinion/puerto-ricos-crisis-by-the-numbers.html

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