Puerto Rico’s Wounded Medicaid Program Faces Even Deeper Cuts

In the mountain town of Juyaya, Puerto Rico, last October, children watched as U.S. Army helicopters brought a team of physicians to assess the medical needs of the local hospital and residents. Going forward, health economists say, the U.S. territory will need continued federal help to deal with its overwhelming Medicaid expenses.

State Medicaid programs already get much more money from the federal government than Puerto Rico Medicaid gets — and the storm-ravaged U.S. territory’s safety net for the poor is barely hanging on.

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