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

Morning Consult: Pierluisi: CMS Proposed Rule Would Increase Medicare Payments to Puerto Rico Hospitals

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Mary Ellen McIntire A new rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would modify how hospitals in Puerto Rico are reimbursed for Medicare services by extending more state-like treatment to hospitals there, said Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi on Monday. The rule would extend state-like treatment to Puerto Rico hospitals for the “capitol costs” portion Read More


Science Codex: Stark Medicare Advantage disparities present in Puerto Rico

Monday, April 25th, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — As Puerto Rico suffers through an ongoing financial crisis and recent credit default, and its Medicare Advantage (MA) plans receive 40% lower payment rates than those in the mainland U.S., a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine reports substantial disparities in health care quality experienced by Hispanic Puerto Rican residents Read More


CNN Money: Puerto Rico is losing a doctor a day

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Justin Maldonado learned that fact in the most tragic way possible.  His uncle had a stroke in the summer of 2014. The family rushed him to a local hospital in Coamo. The emergency room doctors recommended that his uncle be taken immediately to a neurologist. Then the Maldonado family was told only two neurologists were Read More


Morning Consult: Puerto Rico Health Leaders Praise MA Rate Increase

Friday, April 8th, 2016

By Mary Ellen McIntire  Health industry leaders from Puerto Rico praised the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decision to increase Medicare Advantage rates in the territory by 1.25 percent. The increase will translate to between $40 and $50 million for health care in Puerto Rico which comes as its health care system is “on Read More


Latin Post: Puerto Rico Health Crisis: US Health Department to Fund Up to $50 Million in Medicare Support

Friday, April 8th, 2016

By Michael Oleaga Likely in response to Puerto Rico’s deteriorating health care, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will increase Medicare rates for the commonwealth by slightly more than one percent. A Modest Increase Worth Tens of Millions of Dollars The HHS’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an increase of Read More


Puerto Rican Healthcare Leaders Applaud HHS Secretary Burwell for Medicare Advantage Rate Hike

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Leaders pledge to continue work to find additional resources to address healthcare crisis Washington, D.C. – For the first time in almost 20 years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week a modest increase of 1.25 percent for 2017 Medicare Advantage (MA) rates for Puerto Rico, which means approximately $40-50 million Read More


POLITICO Pulse: Puerto Rican Officials Urge Paul Ryan: Ramp Up Funding For Our Health Programs

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

By Dan Diamond A letter from Puerto Rico health leaders asks the House Speaker to include additional Medicare and Medicaid funding in any relief package for the island’s economic crisis. Puerto Rico’s health programs have traditionally been funded at a much lower rate than in the 50 states. “Congress must take immediate action to protect Read More


Bond Buyer: Puerto Rico Groups Seek Funds for Medicare, Medicaid in Bill

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

By Lynn Hume Puerto Rico health care providers, payers and stakeholders are pressing U.S. lawmakers and President Obama to increase funding for the territory’s Medicaid and Medicare programs in pending legislation. “We are extremely disappointed that the initial House discussion draft has not included any health care related provision,” said officials from 10 groups, including Read More


Morning Consult: Puerto Rico Health Officials Tell Ryan to Include Health Programs in Puerto Rico Bill

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Mary Ellen McIntire Several Puerto Rican health care leaders urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to include provisions that would correct disparities to the island’s Medicare and Medicaid programs in legislation addressing its economic crisis. “We are extremely disappointed that the initial House discussion draft has not included any healthcare related provision,” the letter reads. “It is necessary Read More


Prominent Puerto Rican healthcare leaders call on Speaker Ryan to include Medicare and Medicaid relief as part of any legislative package for the Commonwealth

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Letter to Ryan stresses intrinsic connection between healthcare and economic crises, which are causing doctors to leave Puerto Rico and providers to cut services Washington, D.C. – Prominent healthcare providers, payors and stakeholders in Puerto Rico sent a letter today to House Speaker Paul Ryan pressing him to address longstanding disparities in funding to the Read More


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