Dunleavy and 24 governors sign letter to Biden: End the Covid public health emergency

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By KIM JARRETT | THE CENTER SQUARE

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy joined 24 other governors in sending a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to end the federal public health emergency in April, saying Medicaid costs are costing their states millions.

States received more money for Medicaid during the PHE but cannot remove anyone from the program’s rolls until either one month before the public health emergency ends, the month it ends, or the month after it ends, according to Medicaid.gov.

Biden extended the public health emergency to January and has not indicated when it will end. The governors said they assume the public health emergency will continue at least until April.

The governors asked Biden for an indication as to when he would end the public health emergency. Twenty million people have joined the Medicaid program since the public health emergency began nearly three years ago, and the states are faced with additional costs, they said.

“While the enhanced federal match provides some assistance to blunt the increasing costs due to higher enrollment numbers in our Medicaid programs, states are required to increase our non-federal match to adequately cover all enrollees and cannot disenroll members from the program unless they do so voluntarily,” the governors said in their letter. “Making the situation worse, we know that a considerable number of individuals have returned to employer sponsored coverage or are receiving coverage through the individual market, and yet states still must still account and pay for their Medicaid enrollment in our non-federal share.”

The governors said they have the “tools and information” to protect their citizens against COVID-19.

“You recognized this yourself in a 60 Minutes interview in September when you said, ‘The pandemic is over,'” the governors said. “Additionally, the United States Senate passed a bipartisan resolution, 61-37, to terminate the national emergency on November 15, 2022. We agree with both your statement and the Senate’s resolution – it is time we move on from the pandemic and get back to life as normal.”

The letter was signed by the governors of New Hampshire, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.

Kim Jarrett’s career spans over 30 years with stops in radio, print and television. She has won awards from both the Georgia Press Association and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Sent a letter to Biden. Wow, I’m sure it will be read right away and acted upon immediately. Why don’t they send a letter about our chaotic southern border and all its death and mayhem? COVID is the golden goose for Democrats, loved and coddled. They will never drop the public health emergency.

  2. Biden doesn’t care. He’s not gonna get his 10%.

    Plus the Republicans missed the tap in of all political putts in November. There is no political will to force Biden to comply.

  3. When do the illegal aliens get their Covid shots? This is a priority, right? Doesn’t the Biden administration care?

  4. There never was any “Covid emergency” in the first place — we just had the equivalent of an especially bad flu season. And before any of you conformist, pro-establishment shills start spouting your disinformation, no, there were nowhere NEAR 1,000,000 deaths from covid, as even the CDC’s semi-suppressed information will attest. What we did have were many deaths randomly attributed to Covid, particularly due to the inherently flawed and overstated numbers derived from PCR analyses, which were actually not “tests” by any scientific and clinical definition of the term (just as the experimental, unsafe and ineffective clot shots are not “vaccines” by any standard scientific or clinical definition, either).

    • Yes Jefferson. It’s…indescribable ignorance to the extreme that people did, and do, get sucked into this utter bs. And more is coming. I can’t say what I know or feel, because Suzanne won’t allow it.

  5. The buck stops…where…? (I mean optically) Pick one: Georgia, Tyler Perry’s movie set, an empty WH, underground, hidden “Congress”, Cheyenne Mountain, Pentagon? Where does the buck stop? Do they know in London, Vatican, Geneva, Ukraine, China, Jerusalem, Anchorage? Where, for instance, do “they” know such things? Are Americans SUPPOSED to know facts so they can apply even the world’s tiniest little bit of “influence(s)” among the world?

  6. “Biden extended the public health emergency to January and has not indicated when it will end.” There. PROOF that this has ZERO to do with Covid.

  7. It would seem logical to anticipate yet another epidemic, completely like the last one. If it wasn’t already in the works, government would be eager to get back to normal. The next one should be enough to finish us as a free country. The mandates will be enforced Chinese style. You will get your shot, one way or another. For your own good, of course.

    • The usual suspects, same as those who “simulated” Event 201 in October 2019, have held another in October 2022 called (C something) Contagion. It’s planned to be uber contagious, worse than the Convid, and hitting up kids and young people. Look around, the info is out; just like Convid they don’t hide the Agenda much. Dates, it’s all in writing…again.

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