CNMI gets $64M for Medicaid; local match increases from 17% to 39%

Saipan-- The Northern Marianas will be receiving $64 million in Medicaid for fiscal 2022, but the increased funding comes with a bump in local match from 17 to 39 percent, Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan announced today.

“We are currently making the case to Republicans in Congress to continue the local match at 17 percent,” Sablan said. “We want to include that extension in the continuing resolution that will be voted on next week to keep the government funded.

The new amount of Medicaid funding, which goes into effect on Oct. 1, represented an increase from $60 million in FY 2020 and 2021.

“The Biden administration has sent notification to the Marianas Medicaid director,” Sablan said. “Rather than dealing with a Medicaid ‘cliff,’ the commonwealth will actually be eligible for more money in fiscal 2022 than we received this year. This is very good news.”

Future years’ funding will increase by an inflation factor based on $64 million, eliminating future cliffs, Sablan.

The CNMI received a substantial increase in Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act in 2010. When that money expired two years ago, the CNMI received even larger increase to $60 million per year for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 in U.S. Public Law 116-94.

Sablan said USPL 116-94 also gave the Biden administration the basis for its decision this week to apply a statutory inflation factor to the current amount and award the Marianas with $64 million, which will be used as the basis for calculating future year i