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Obama releases $15 billion in Medicaid funding to states

Posted Feb 23 2009 2:43pm
President Obama, meeting with the nation's governors in Washington, D.C., this morning, announced a quick release to the states of $15 billion of federal Medicaid relief funding to help them cope with the rising health care costs brought on by the economic crisis. According to a White House press release, the money will be available in 48 hours--on Wednesday--in special Treasury accounts set up for the states to access.

"That means that by the time most of you get home," said President Obama, "money will be waiting to help 20 million vulnerable Americans in your states keep their health coverage. Children with asthma will be able to breathe easier, seniors won’t need to fear losing their doctors, and pregnant women with limited means won’t need to worry about the health of their babies.”

The funding is part of the designated moneys from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the temporary increase will be administered by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The federal agency will coordinate with states to ensure they are properly meeting regulations and requirements about Medicaid.

The announcement of the funding release was made as President Obama and Vice President Biden hosted members of the National Governors Association at the White House.

A state-by-state grant award summary for the program can be found here.


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