Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said the CNMI’s Medicaid Program is a model for the nation where funding is given directly to the people based on the Commonwealth’s unique needs and not mandated by the federal government.
The issue on healthcare is a hot button topic since the beginning of the Trump administration. GOP congressional leaders had vowed to repeal and replace the current Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, which was signed by then President Barack Obama in 2010.
Territories like the CNMI have been left out in the insurance provisions of Obamacare and are not fully covered under the contents of the ACA.
American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are the other territories of the United States, while the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory that is directly controlled and governed by the federal government.