Congress Moves to Extend Medicaid to FAS Migrants

October 29, 2019
Press Release

Congressman San Nicolas has joined fellow Districts hosting Compact Migrants through the leadership of Congressman Cardenas to extend Medicaid eligibility to Compact migrants.

The Covering Our FAS Allies (COFA) Act will reinstate Medicaid eligibility to FAS migrants that has not been afforded since 1996. Without Medicaid eligibility, Compact migrants unable to pay or uninsured are left to rely on the Government of Guam Medically Indigent Program (MIP) which has been severely underfunded for many years.

Medicaid eligibility will enable Compact migrant healthcare costs to be partially covered by federal matching funds with 55% federally covered and 45% locally covered.

"With over 14,000 Compact migrants living on Guam Medicaid eligibility will more than double current MIP buying power. This will relieve the government from shouldering the full cost of uninsured migrant healthcare in MIP or GMH deficit spending," opened Congressman San Nicolas.

"Including our Compact Migrant community in Medicaid not only improves their access to care, it lowers Guam taxpayer burdens and provides relief to GMH where all the uninsured healthcare costs accrue," added Congressman San Nicolas.

"I would like to thank my colleagues and my friend Congressman Cardenas for this shared effort to not only relieve Compact affected areas, but also to strengthen the Treaty relationship with the Freely Associated States in a time where foreign efforts are attempting to cut off American relationships critical to our national security," Congressman San Nicolas concludes.