Federal FMAP Funding in Jeopardy—Act Now to Save It

From Better Choices for Pennsylvania (http://betterchoicesforpa.com/default.aspx):


FMAP refers to the federal percentage of matching funds for state Medicaid expenditures. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 enhanced the FMAP for states through December 2010 to help address a recession-driven decline in state revenues. President Obama proposed extending the FMAP funding to states through June 2011, but legislation to do that has stalled in the U.S. Congress.


If Congress fails to approve the additional funding ($850 million for Pennsylvania, included as revenue in the budget passed earlier in July), Governor Rendell and state legislative leaders will have to identify further cuts to critical human services including public health care, child protective services, and mental health services.


View Congressional district-level fact sheets (http://betterchoicesforpa.com/FMAP.aspx) showing how many Pennsylvanians benefit from the federal FMAP funds. The fact sheets detail the number of Pennsylvanians receiving Medical Assistance and other critical human services funded by FMAP dollars, and the economic impact in the health care sector created by funding those services.


Take a minute to email and call your member of Congress at http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6751/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3326 to urge them to support enhanced FMAP funding in order to preserve services and save jobs in Pennsylvania.

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