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Wed Feb 7, 2018, 08:52 PM

Puerto Rico in line for nearly $5 billion in federal aid for Medicaid

Source: Reuters

#ENVIRONMENT FEBRUARY 7, 2018 / 7:09 PM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

Puerto Rico in line for nearly $5 billion in federal aid for Medicaid

Nick Brown, Richard Cowan
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(Reuters) - A $90 billion disaster aid package agreed on by U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday would include nearly $7 billion in aid to storm-battered Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to two Senate Democratic aides and Puerto Rico’s governor.

The deal, likely to be voted on in Congress this week, would send $6.8 billion to the two U.S. territories devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September, said the aides, who were not authorized to speak with press and requested anonymity.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello issued a statement saying his island would receive about $4.8 billion to shore up its Medicaid program for the poor, which is close to running out of money.

Another $2 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding would pay for repairs to decimated power grids in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the governor said.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-puertorico-storm-relief/puerto-rico-in-line-for-nearly-5-billion-in-federal-aid-for-medicaid-idUSKBN1FR3EB

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