Child Health

Protect Medicaid Statement on the HEROES Act’s Medicaid Maintenance of Effort Provision

The Protect Medicaid Campaign – representing New York’s leading health care consumer advocacy groups – applauds the introduction of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act that increases Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP); provides hazard pay for frontline healthcare workers; and gives aid to states and localities. However, we are deeply alarmed by the final section of the bill that undoes protections in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), allowing disastrous cuts to the Medicaid program in New York State – the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.