As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Obama announced that states will soon have access to more than $15 billion of Federal Medical Assistance Percentage. This funding will help assist those 20 million American families who depend on and receive Medicaid. The funding will be available February 25. The President remarked in an official statement that his quickness in getting the funding through is to help those children who suffer from asthma, seniors who are in fear of losing their doctors and pregnant women who require prenatal care. —WLW