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Coordinated Care Is More Than a Buzzword for Hospice Providers

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

April 24, 2018   By Edo Banach, JD President and CEO National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization   As much as we talk about “coordinated care” in health care today, it is regrettable that most people still contend with an uncoordinated, inefficient and stressful system at the end of life. Often, health care professionals are […]

Puerto Rico’s Oversight Board Certifies Fiscal Plan: What are the Implications for Medicaid?

Friday, April 27th, 2018

April 24, 2018 Edwin Park As I have previously written, a robust and resilient Medicaid program is essential to Puerto Rico’s long-run recovery from the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.  Its residents disproportionately rely on Medicaid for their health coverage due to their low incomes and relative lack of access to private insurance.  For example, 62 percent […]

How is health care in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria? No one knows.

Friday, April 20th, 2018

By Mekela Panditharatne April 18 Mekela Panditharatne is an attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council In Puerto Rico, locals say the best way to know whether someone died because of Hurricane Maria is to turn up at a morgue or funeral parlor rather than consult official sources. Six months after Maria hit, the hurricane’s death toll is […]

Why America’s Black Mothers And Babies Are In A Life-Or-Death Crisis

Monday, April 16th, 2018

NY Times Magazine Feature Article: ‘Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants’ Why America’s Black Mothers And Babies Are In A Life-Or-Death Crisis The New York Times Magazine  “‘The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a […]

About Half Of Americans Support Single-payer Health Care

Monday, April 16th, 2018

New Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds a slight majority of Americans support single–payer health care approach, with numbers showing glaring partisan divide  About Half Of Americans Support Single–payer Health Care The Washington Post “As President Trump’s administration tries to chip away at the Affordable Care Act by giving more authority to states to regulate private insurance, a new poll finds […]

Dialysis Patients are Still Trekking 12 Hours for Care After Hurricane Maria

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Left without a hospital, some Puerto Ricans must travel by plane for lifesaving treatment. Joe Garcia and Radamés Cabral Trinidad fly back to Vieques after dialysis treatment.Carmen Heredia Rodriguez / Kaiser Health News CARMEN HEREDIA RODRIGUEZ VIEQUES, P.R.—As the cry of a rooster heralded the dawn, Joe Garcia, 41, pulled a vial of insulin from […]

SIX MONTHS AFTER MARIA

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Yesterday marked six months since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. Although there has been progress in the island’s recovery, much work remains, including: 11% of Puerto Rico and 8% of the U.S. Virgin Islands still suffer throughthe longest power outage in U.S. history. No power means no cooling, which can present a serious health concernfor […]

Congress: Don’t let 900,000 Americans become uninsured overnight! | TheHill

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/372423-congress-dont-let-900000-americans-become-uninsured-overnight Congress: Don’t let 900,000 Americans become uninsured overnight! By Jaime R. Torres, Opinion Contributor – 02/06/18 The islands of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are still recovering from the historic destruction caused by Hurricanes’ Irma and Maria. But it gets worst.  As The Hill’s Nathaniel Weixel warned us in October, “Puerto Rico is […]

Piden atención a la crisis de salud

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Washington – La próxima resolución del Congreso sobre asignaciones suplementarias para mitigar desastres debe ser el vehículo para resolver por lo menos temporalmente el abismo fiscal en el sistema de salud, ante el agotamiento de los fondos de la ley Obamacare, según expertos puertorriqueños que trabajan asuntos de salud en EE.UU. “Hay más apertura” a […]

Puerto Rico’s mental health crisis

Monday, January 29th, 2018

My earliest memory of childhood visits to Puerto Rico is the clapping when the airplane wheels touched down on the tarmac in San Juan. Between the applause were also blessings for the pilot and the island, “Ay bendito, que Dios bendiga el piloto y a Puerto Rico” — phrases usually uttered by somebody’s abuela. The memory made […]

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