February 22, 2010

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

 

The Honorable John Boehner
Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Minority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Madam Speaker, Mr. Boehner, Senator Reid and Senator McConnell:

On behalf of the nation’s governors we write to request your assistance in protecting jobs and speeding economic recovery by extending the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s (ARRA) enhanced federal match for Medicaid (FMAP) for two additional quarters.

Unfortunately, the length and depth of the recession means states and territories will continue to face significant budget shortfalls long after the enhanced FMAP provisions expire at the end of this calendar year. 

States and territories are in the process of finalizing budgets for FY 2011 that our legislatures will be considering over the next several months. Timely passage of an extension of ARRA’s enhanced FMAP would greatly assist us in maintaining services and further stabilizing the economy. 

To maximize the positive impact of FMAP enhancements on the economy, Congress should also modify ARRA’s existing maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions. Restoring flexibility to manage our Medicaid programs and enact common sense reforms is critical to ensuring the program’s ongoing and future stability. 

Governors appreciated the inclusion of enhanced FMAP provisions in ARRA. We are committed to encouraging job creation and speeding recovery and urge you to work with us by extending FMAP enhancements and restoring state flexibility over Medicaid as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Governor James H. Douglas
Vermont

Governor Joe Manchin III
West Virginia

Governor Martin O’Malley
Maryland

Governor Dave Freudenthal
Wyoming

Governor Bill Ritter Jr.
Colorado

Governor Jack Markell
Delaware

Governor Bev Perdue
North Carolina

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
Michigan

Governor Sonny Perdue
Georgia

Governor Pat Quinn
Illinois

Governor Donald L. Carcieri
Rhode Island

Governor Edward G. Rendell
Pennsylvania

Governor Mike Beebe
Arkansas

Governor Chris Christie
New Jersey

Governor John H. Lynch
New Hampshire

Governor Luis Fortuño
Puerto Rico

Governor Brian Schweitzer
Montana

Governor Steven L. Beshear
Kentucky

Governor Jim Gibbons
Nevada

Governor John Baldacci
Maine

Governor Bob Riley
Alabama

Governor Christine O. Gregoire
Washington

Governor Sean Parnell
Alaska

Governor Phil Bredesen
Tennessee

Governor M. Michael Rounds
South Dakota

Governor Togiola T.A. Tulafono
American Samoa

Governor Brad Henry
Oklahoma

Governor Robert F. McDonnell
Virginia

Governor Haley Barbour
Mississippi

Governor Deval Patrick
Massachusetts

Governor Jay Nixon
Missouri

Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski
Oregon

Governor Chester J. Culver
Iowa

Governor Felix Camacho
Guam

Governor M. Jodi Rell
Connecticut

Governor Linda Lingle
Hawaii

Governor David A. Paterson
New York

Governor Jim Doyle
Wisconsin

Governor Ted Strickland
Ohio

Governor Mitch Daniels
Indiana

Governor Bill Richardson
New Mexico

Governor Dave Heineman
Nebraska

Governor John deJongh, Jr.
Virgin Islands

Governor Mark Parkinson
Kansas

Governor Charlie Christ
Florida

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
California

Governor Benigno Fitial
Northern Mariana Islands