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Puerto Rico’s Wounded Medicaid Program Faces Even Deeper Cuts

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

by Sarah Varney–KHN Blue tarps still dot rooftops, homes lack electricity needed to refrigerate medicines, and clinics chip away at debts incurred from running generators. Yet despite these residual effects from last year’s devastating hurricanes, Puerto Rico is moving ahead with major cuts to its health care safety net that will affect more than a […]

FEMA Report Acknowledges Failures in Puerto Rico Disaster Response

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

FEMA acknowledged for the first time it failed to properly prepare for last year’s hurricane season and was unable to provide the support victims needed in the wake of an unprecedented season of catastrophic storms, according to an internal report released this week by the federal agency. Most of the shortcomings focused on the response to […]

¿Qué es la diabetes y cómo se puede prevenir?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Más de 30 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos tienen diabetes y su incidencia ha alcanzado proporciones epidémicas en la comunidad hispana.  OPINIÓN JAIME R. TORRES,  Presidente de Latinos por Equidad en el Cuidado de Salud. La diabetes es una enfermedad en la que el nivel de glucosa sanguínea (también conocida como azúcar en la […]

Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Washington Post- CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO — Miliana Montanez cradled her mother’s head as she lay dying on the floor of her bedroom here, gasping for air and pleading for help. There was nothing her family could do. It took 20 minutes to find cellular reception to make a 911 call. Inoperative traffic signals slowed down the […]

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 […]

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