WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives approved the extension of vital Medicaid funding, which was a top priority of the Jewish community.
The House voted Tuesday to extend the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage, a formula used to determine how much Medicaid funding each state receives. It also helps fund education jobs.
Extension of FMAP had been a priority of the Jewish Federations of North America since 60 cents on every dollar of public revenue the Federations or their partner agencies bring in comes from Medicaid.
“Without these funds, states would have certainly cut back on their Medicaid programs, which would have had an adverse impact on how Jewish communal providers deliver needed care to their respective communities,” said William Daroff, vice president for public policy and director of the Jewish Federations of North America’s Washington office, in a statement.
Daroff added that he was concerned that the new funding was made possible by reductions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This has also been a priority of the Federations; however, as the reductions are not set to go into effect until 2014, Daroff said JFNA will work with Congress to find an alternative.
The FMAP money will prevent cuts that could have cost the Jewish community $150 to $200 million in social services funding.