Governor Deval L. Patrick
Medicaid Waiver Announced
September 30, 2008
On Tuesday, September 30, 2008, Governor Deval Patrick announced the federal government will renew the Commonwealth's health care reform waiver, enabling the state to continue to expand access to affordable, quality care through its historic reform law. The three-year, $21.2 billion agreement represents a strong commitment to the principles of health care reform by allowing the state to meet all of its health care obligations for the current fiscal year.
Good afternoon, everybody, and thank you for coming. I am very, very pleased to announce that we have reached agreement with the Bush Administration on the terms of a new three-year Medicaid waiver to support health care reform in Massachusetts.
Under this agreement, Massachusetts will receive 21.2 billion dollars in spending authority for health care reform, through fiscal year 2011; an increase of 4.3 billion dollars over what the State was authorized to spend during the previous three years.
This represents an increase of over 2 billion dollars in federal resources for Massachusetts. Given the strain on the current state budget, I'm especially glad to report that our health care obligations for fiscal year '09 are fully funded.
This is an exceptional outcome under any circumstances, especially so now. The American economy is in turmoil, and the future is uncertain. But, even in tough times, we can not afford to abandon our commitment to affordable, accessible, high-quality health care for every man, woman, and child in the Commonwealth. Thanks to this agreement we can keep our commitments.