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Sununu, 24 other governors ask Biden to end federal Public Health Emergency – but not Scott

By Guy Page

The pandemic-era 30% increase in federal Medicaid health insurance enrollment may please supporters of universal health care coverage, but not the governors of half of the states in the nation. 

Republican governors Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and 23 other governors – overwhelmingly Republican – yesterday asked President Joe Biden to end the federal Public Health Emergency. Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont was not among them. At his press conference today, Scott said he agreed with the letter in principle but thinks a bipartisan letter would be more effective. He also said he had to respond the day he first saw the letter, and would have liked more time.

The Dec. 19 letter notes the federal PHE has already been extended until January 11. Because the federal government promised cancellation after January 11 would be announced ahead of time – which hasn’t happened – the governors are asking that Biden announce the three-month extension through April be the last.  

At issue is the huge growth in Medicaid funding under the federal PHE. Since the beginning of the pandemic, states have added 20 million individuals to the Medicaid rolls (an increase of 30%) and those numbers continue to climb as the PHE continues to be extended every 90 days, the governors say. 

“The PHE is negatively affecting states, primarily by artificially growing our population covered under Medicaid (both traditional and expanded populations), regardless of whether individuals continue to be eligible under the program.”

The 25 governors acknowledge the federal funding helps cover health care costs, but say the state “match” has become burdensome to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.

While the enhanced federal match provides some assistance to blunt the increasing costs due to higher enrollment numbers in our Medicaid programs, states are required to increase our non-federal match to adequately cover all enrollees and cannot disenroll members from the program unless they do so voluntarily,” the governors say. “Making the situation worse, we know that a considerable number of individuals have returned to employer sponsored coverage or are receiving coverage through the individual market, and yet states still must still account and pay for their Medicaid enrollment in our non-federal share. This is costing states hundreds of millions of dollars.”

“It is time we move on from the pandemic and get back to life as normal,” the governors urged. 

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  1. Sadly, once again, our Vermont friends and neighbors voted this Biden/Obama/Bernie/Welch and now Balint yes-man in for another term.

  2. Did this Governor graduate high school? He certainly isn’t very smart.I wonder if he ever reads updated material on the jabs and the Wuhan virus. Guess not.

  3. I wonder if this Gov graduated high school. He certainly isn’t very smart. I wonder if he ever reads updated, factual material about the Wuhan virus and the toxic jabs. I doubt it!

  4. His handlers won’t allow him to anything to benefit Vermonters.
    Too many Dems control him.

    • The Dems will really control him now and the fault lies squarely with a majority of the voters of Vermont who put in place a veto-proof majority. He WAS the only factor putting the brakes on the out-of-control spending by the legislature. The idiot leftist voters of Vermont made him into a ceremonial fixture. To those who criticize Phil Scott, on his coattails comes Governor Krowinski…see how you like them apples.

  5. I do HOPE he enjoys his life when China takes over. Maybe, and I do mean MAYBE, he will get a pass when they take over for being such a good servant and opening the door for their takeover. Such a good lil servant.

  6. If the Federal money stops flowing into Vermont coffers, the State will automatically default and be insolvent. It already is in reality. The Biden bucks is the only thing keeping many State bureaucrats, schools, medical facilities, and elected officials awash in money. They dare not bite the hand that is feeding their bank accounts – public and private accounts that is….