The mayors and governors of the U.S. are pushing Congress to boost the economy by extending unemployment insurance and increasing funding for Medicaid.
They believe that the foremost way to help the economy is to intensify spending at the local level. Some governors are even cultivating a federal spending plan that could amount to $126 billion. The project, which will unfold during a two year period, incorporates $20 billion in federal Medicaid matching dollars in this same time period.
Janet Napolitano (D), the Arizona Governor, spoke in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s health subcommittee on Thursday to talk about the urgency of having an extended federal Medicaid donation in a second incentive program. She claims that boosting the federal Medicaid match is a must in an age when an increasing number of people require health insurance, as the sagging economy causes them to become unemployed.
Expanding unemployment insurance benefits by seven weeks, or an extra thirteen weeks in states having elevated unemployment rates, is suggested by the National League of Cities.