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Medicaid funding for the USVI appears safe now that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2020 federal government funding bill including the money. The Senate is expected to pass it and President Donald Trump has indicated he will sign it.
On Thursday, Congress extended vital Medicaid funding for the U.S. Virgin Islands by one month, briefly holding off damaging cuts to critical health services to the territory's most vulnerable, but also to hospital funds and, ultimately, tax revenues and economic activity.
The U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development has published its guidelines for the dispersal of $774.1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for mitigation activities in the Virgin Islands.
Delegate Stacey Plaskett's (D-V.I.) photo was front and center Thursday, above the fold of the front page of the New York Times, the paper of record for the United States. While it is common for members of Congress to appear in national newspapers, it is not common for the nonvoting delegate of the U.S. Virgin Islands to be featured so prominently. The photo was of Plaskett at the first House of Representatives hearing on a bill to study reparations for the descendants of Africans enslaved in the United States. The bill was first introduced in 1989 but its first hearing was Wednesday.
Administration officials from the Department of Human Services will testify Thursday before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in Washington D.C., continuing the administration’s push for congressional action to prevent the U.S. Virgin Islands and other insular territories from falling off the Medicaid "fiscal cliff."
Federal law still makes it dicey for banks to handle money from the legal trade of marijuana and V.I. banks continued to voice the same concerns at a recent V.I. Banking Board meeting chaired by Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach.
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