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January 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the announcement by DOI Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech of nearly half a million in federal funds for the public health emergency response to the Pacific measles outbreak.

Specifically, the Department of Interior is awarding $490,000 in federal funds for American Samoa through the Office of Insular Affair’s Technical Assistance Program.

December 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming the Medicaid deal that is expected to become law later this week, successfully avoiding the Medicaid cliff.

December 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Saturday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is hailing a breakthrough Medicaid agreement that would provide major increases and years of stability for American Samoa’s Medicaid services. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) have announced an updated version of their bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019 and an agreement to fund critical, expiring health care programs, including Medicaid funding for the territories.

December 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata advised constituents of more details regarding the growing U.S. and international response effort to provide medical support to Samoa and help prevent the spread of measles. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced $200,000 to provide immediate financial and technical assistance from the United States, by way of the World Health Organization (WHO), which is coordinating the international response teams.

December 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed news of U.S. and international steps to combat measles in Samoa.

Congresswoman Amata has reached out to U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown and his staff in Apia, and various government agencies for updates, and to learn about U.S. activities as part of the effort to support Samoa in containing the spread of measles.

December 2, 2019 Fa'asalalauga Aloa'ia

Laumua i Uosigitone – Aso Gafua, Na talisapai e le Tamaitaikonekeresi ia Aumua Amata faasalalauga i taumafaiga Faavaomalō ma le Iunaite Setete e tete’e atu ai i le misela i Samoa.  welcomed news of U.S. and international steps to combat measles in Samoa.

November 20, 2019 Fa'asalalauga Aloa'ia

Congresswoman Amata with Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)Laumua i Uosigitone – Aso Lulu, Na saunoa le Tamaitaikonekeresi ia Aumua Amata na pasia e le Maota le faaloaloaga o aso mo tupe faaalu faatulaga a le malo feterale e aofia ai le masina faasili mo le 100 pasene o le tupe faafetaui mai le feterale i le Medicaid mo Amerika Samoa, lea ua toe faaopoopo le isi 30 aso e o’o atu ia Tesema 20, 2019.

November 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata said that the House has passed an extension of level federal government spending that includes an extra month for American Samoa’s 100 percent federal Medicaid match rate, now extended another 30 days through December 20, 2019.

October 24, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed federal funds for American Samoa through the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department. This discretionary grant is designated to the American Samoa Department of Health.

The grant provides about $70,000 (specifically $69,976) in support for maternal and child health services.

October 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed two discretionary federal grants for American Samoa, each through the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, for a total of nearly $520,000.

The larger of the two grants will provide $400,000 in social and economic development support in American Samoa through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), an agency of HHS. The recipient is Empowering Pacific Island Communities, and the title of the grant is the Healthy Amerika Samoa Community Development project.