Includes Critical Disaster and Medicaid Support for the U.S. Territories
WASHINGTON – Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, this week applauded President Donald J. Trump for signing H.R. 2157, the “Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019”, now U.S. Public Law 116-20.
“I applaud the President for his support of the territories,” said Assistant Secretary Domenech. “All of the territories are in desperate need of this disaster assistance and the additional Medicaid funding,” Domenech concluded.
The new law provides significant disaster and emergency support directly to the territories as follows:
More disaster assistance is available through several federal agencies as listed below:
The Disaster Relief Act of 2019 also includes critical assistance for Medicaid funding related to health services in the territories as listed below:
The full text for U.S. Public Law 116-20, Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act for 2019, can be found here.
The Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Insular and International Affairs, and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carry out the Secretary’s responsibilities for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, OIA administers and oversees Federal assistance under the Compacts of Free Association to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. OIA supports the Secretary's mission of Fulfilling Trust and Insular Responsibilities through balancing efforts and limited resources towards stronger economic and health capacities, and fiscal accountability in the U.S. insular areas.