Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. We have a right to equal funding for healthcare.

Understanding Puerto Rico’s Healthcare Collapse

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

By Dr. Johnny Rullán It’s no secret that Puerto Rico faces a crucial moment in its history. A crippling $72 billion debt has brought the Island to the worst fiscal and economic crisis on record. Having defaulted on major payments and facing a looming $780 million bill due July 1, the island awaits the U.S. Read More

Rolling Stone: Zika: The Epidemic at America’s Door

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

By Janet Reitman Zika may have already infected 80,000 Americans, just in Puerto Rico, and Congress has refused to act — what if Miami or New York is next Puerto Rico’s Martin Peña canal is a winding, heavily polluted waterway that snakes 3.7 miles through the center of San Juan. Eight small, deeply impoverished communities, Read More

Sun-Sentinel: Puerto Rico’s health care system needs urgent attention

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

By Dennis Rivera Hillary Clinton’s June 10 op-ed called attention to the dramatic challenges both Florida and Puerto Rico will face as the Zika virus continues its spread. There is no question that Congress must fund research and prevention measures before any more mothers and children are affected. But as Puerto Rico’s entire health care Read More

The Wallstreet Journal: Zika Virus Swamps Embattled Puerto Rico

Friday, June 10th, 2016

By Betsy McKay At the U.S.’s doorstep, one quarter of the territory’s population could be infected by year’s end, giving health authorities a rare chance to study the virus SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—The Zika virus is creeping north toward the continental U.S., and Alberto de la Vega has started to detect its signs. In ultrasounds Read More

CBS News: Puerto Rico’s air ambulance company ends service over debt

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico’s only active air ambulance company announced Tuesday that it has suspended its services, blaming a multimillion-dollar government debt. Aeromed said in a statement that it has been negotiating with the U.S. territory’s government for nearly three years, but that government officials last week rejected a deal to pay Read More

Roll Call: Puerto Rico Zika Outbreak Highlights Island’s Medicaid Woes

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

By Marissa Evans Puerto Rico is facing three converging crises demanding congressional attention: hundreds of cases of Zika, a $72 billion fiscal disaster and growing financial concerns about its Medicaid program. As lawmakers consider a $1.1 billion package to combat the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus that causes birth defects, the territory’s longstanding problems Read More

May 19th PRHCC Conference Call (Audio)

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Listen in to yesterday’s conference call with representatives from several of the Puerto Rican organizations at the forefront of the health crisis. WHO: Dr. Johnny Rullán, former Puerto Rico Secretary of Health and Secretary of Puerto Rico Healthcare Crisis Coalition Domingo Cruz, CEO of San Jorge Children’s Hospital Ricardo A. Rivera-Cardona, Executive Director of Puerto Rico Health Read More

As Puerto Rican Healthcare System Faces Collapse, Diverse Group of Experts to Highlight Impact on Island’s Most Vulnerable

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

*** Media Advisory ***  As Puerto Rican Healthcare System Faces Collapse, Diverse Group of Experts to Highlight Impact on Island’s Most Vulnerable San Juan, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rican healthcare experts will participate in a press conference call on Thursday, May 19 at 2pm EST, to discuss the effect of Puerto Rico’s collapsing healthcare system Read More

The Atlantic: Will Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis Spark a Humanitarian Disaster?

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Vann R. Newkirk II SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico––Elizabeth Claudio pointed to the lone outlet in the wall of her classroom of fourth graders. She complained to Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla that it was the class’s only outlet and that running multiple devices––such as a television, air conditioner, or a fan––would trip the breaker Read More

The Hill: House Democrats: No healthcare cuts for Puerto Rico

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

House Democrats are preemptively pushing back against any further health spending cuts in Puerto Rico, arguing the arrival of the Zika virus on the island makes resources more critical than ever. In a new report, Democrats emphasize that Puerto Rico, grappling with a massive debt crisis, has already slashed its Department of Health budget by Read More

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