Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced meets with the plenary session of the Fiscal Oversight Board in New York to insist on the approval of the Vital Plan for 200,000 people who do not have a medical plan. (Supplied)
Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced assured that the meeting she holds with members of the Fiscal Oversight Board (JSF) in New York is linked exclusively to the allocation of $ 1,054 million in federal funds for the Medicaid program and the government's proposal for more people can participate in the Vital plan.
Vázquez Garced revealed the theme of the meeting through his Twitter account, where he described as a “priority” modifying the criteria of the Vital plan to include some 200,000 people who do not have health insurance in Puerto Rico.
The meeting would have been scheduled after a request from the president for this purpose on September 24, according to the president.
After the disclosure of Vázquez Garced, the Board assured this newspaper that the four directors of the organization and its executive director, Natalie Jaresko, Vázquez Garced, the executive director of the Financial Advisory Authority and Fiscal Agency (Aafaf) participate in the meeting, Omar Marrero and the Secretary of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano.
Last September, Puerto Rico lost the multi-million dollar allocation in non-recurring federal funds allocated under the Medicaid program, after the Health Insurance Administration (ASES) did not use such funds. The government intended to modify the participation criteria of the Vital plan, in such a way that some 200,000 people who have income or assets greater than those required by Vital, but insufficient to pay for private insurance, could enter the health reform.
The Board opposed this initiative because it understood that by increasing the number of participants, the government would increase the cost of managing the Vital plan without having recurring funds to cover said impact.
This Wednesday, El Nuevo Día reported that the president would meet with the Board to discuss the adjustment plan and examine possible alternatives so that the restructuring of the public debt can advance its course, which would require the intervention of the Legislature.
La Fortaleza indicated, for its part, that during the day it would issue information about the meeting between the president and the Board.