DHS chief: U.S. needs to have the greenfield health-care system ready

DHS Secretary Elaine Duke on Tuesday said the government needs to get a greenfield system in place before it can be considered for funding.

“We have to have that infrastructure in place, we need to have it ready for funding,” Duke told reporters during a briefing at the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.

The Department of Health and Human Services has been working on plans for the new system, and Duke said she believes Congress would be willing to authorize funding for it.

“This is a big deal,” Duke said.

“We have been working hard to get that greenfield.”

Duke said the DHS is also reviewing the existing Medicare program and has been trying to make changes to the program to make it more responsive to the needs of Americans who are eligible for Medicaid.

Duke also said she expects the Trump administration will be working with the Senate on funding for the health care system.

The department has been reviewing and considering funding proposals for its own, or a “blueprint” for, a national health-insurance program.

In an interview last week, Duke said the department was looking at expanding Medicaid eligibility to cover people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

The administration is also working with congressional leaders on how to make sure the Medicaid expansion, which has been underway since 2015, can take effect in 2020.DHS has spent nearly $800 million since 2016 on the program.

Duke said it is working to ensure that any future funding is tied to achieving a goal of reducing the number of people on Medicaid and getting them into a “healthier lifestyle.”

“I think we have to be careful about that,” Duke added.