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U.S. lawmakers advance bill to boost Puerto Rico Medicaid funding


Added 07-12-19 12:10:02am EST - “A bill that would substantially boost federal Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico a...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “U.S. lawmakers advance bill to boost Puerto Rico Medicaid funding”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Reuters) - A bill that would substantially boost federal Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico advanced out of a U.S. House subcommittee on Thursday after lawmakers agreed to work on stricter safeguards in the wake of a government corruption scandal in the territory.

The Health Subcommittee sent the legislation, which would give the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth an additional $12 billion over four years, to the full House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

On Wednesday, U.S. law enforcement officials announced a 32-count indictment and arrests of six people, including two former high-ranking Puerto Rico government officials, who were charged with conspiracy and other crimes in connection with millions of dollars in federal Medicaid and education funds.

Angela Avila-Marrero, former executive director of Puerto Rico’s Health Insurance Administration, was indicted for her role in a scheme to steal federal Medicaid dollars through a corrupt bidding process with private contractors.

Her lawyer, Jason Gonzalez, said she pleaded not guilty to the charges. He declined to comment further.

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