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Sanders, Co-sponsors Unveil Legislation to Put Territories on Par with States for Medicaid

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

WASHINGTON, June 11 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) along with seven other cosponsors in the Senate, introduced legislation Tuesday to address the immediate humanitarian needs in the territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Territories Health Equity Act of 2019 (S. 1773) would correct long-standing inequities in federal health care funding for Medicaid […]


Friday, June 7th, 2019

Dear Presidential Candidates: We, the undersigned organizations, representing millions from the Puerto Rican Diaspora and allies, strongly urge you to publicly support a comprehensive platform addressing the fiscal and economic crises facing the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The people of Puerto Rico, U.S. citizens and residents alike, are still recovering from devastating firsts —including the […]

2019 Medicaid funding cliff could cause mass migration from Puerto Rico

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

“Chronicle of a “disaster” foretold” — an ominous phrase coined by author Gabriel Garcia Marquez that no longer characterizes a fictional novel, but a very real and terrible occurrence that may happen in Puerto Rico at the end of this year. Puerto Rico is still recovering from the historic destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and […]

Plaskett’s Bill Calls for Eliminating Health Care Inequities in U.S. Territories

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett on Wednesday again called for equitable treatment of United States territories when it comes to healthcare funding, announcing that she is reintroducing the Territories Equitable Health Act that seeks to lift the cap on the federal Medicaid match that exists only for U.S. territories. “This has been an issue for […]

Life and Limb–Inside the Rio Grande Valley’s Amputation Crisis

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Daniel Zamora still remembers the smell. At first he didn’t realize anything was wrong. A small blister appeared on his left pinky toe where his sneaker rubbed against his skin. He had developed blisters before, but this one wouldn’t go away. First the tip of the toe darkened, slowly turning the jet-black color of his […]

How Much Will Americans Sacrifice for Good Health Care?

Monday, February 18th, 2019

The New York Times February 16, 2019 How Much Will Americans Sacrifice for Good Health Care? A battle is looming over universal health care. Politicians and voters will have to decide whether the trade-offs are worth it. By The Editorial Board It’s been nearly 10 years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act — […]

Medicaid in the Territories: Program Features, Challenges, and Changes

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Executive Summary Individuals born in the U.S. territories are U.S. citizens or nationals, but the territories differ from the states on key demographic, economic, and health status indicators. Most of the territories have a larger share of people living in poverty and longstanding fiscal challenges. Recent hurricanes, typhoons, and the North Korean missile crisis exacerbated […]

Survey of New York physicians shows support for aid in dying

Monday, January 28th, 2019

By NICK NIEDZWIADEK  — POLITICO 01/28/2019 05:02 AM EST ALBANY — Nearly 3 in 5 physicians in New York state support measures that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medications for terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives, according to an online survey conducted on behalf of an advocacy group. Of the 601 doctors sampled, 56 […]

Has single-payer health care’s time finally come?

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Democrats are coming out of the woodwork to back the New York Health Act. By REBECCA C. LEWIS DECEMBER 9, 2018 With their new majority in the state Senate, Democrats are finally preparing to pass long-stalled progressive legislation. Perhaps the most expansive and expensive item on the agenda – and among the most controversial – is […]

Upstate NYers medical debt mysteriously paid off

Monday, December 10th, 2018

For nearly 150 people around the NY Capital Region who’ve been hounded for years by debt collectors, the mail should have recently brought some good news. News that seemed too good to be true. If it came in a yellow envelope with a return address of Rye, New York from a group called “RIP Medical […]

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