WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico’s Governor Pedro Pierluisi said Tuesday that the territory’s Medicaid financial assistance cap was a hindrance and should be removed.

“Puerto Rico, for example, must contend with a Medicaid program based on capped federal funding and additional short-term funding that lurches from cliff to cliff,” said Pedro Pierluisi, the governor of Puerto Rico. “I ask this committee to ensure that the Medicaid program is applied to PR as in the states.”

The statement came during a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources where governors from U.S. territories advocated for increased social and economic legislation.

Committee Chair Joe Manchin (D-WV) agreed that a long-term fix to Puerto Rico’s Medicaid cap is needed, but did not provide a legislative plan to address the issue.

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