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This Is the Most Realistic Path to Medicare for All

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

October 15, 2019 This Is the Most Realistic Path to Medicare for All By J.B. Silvers Much to the dismay of single-payer advocates, our current health insurance system is likely to end with a whimper, not a bang. The average person simply prefers what we know versus the bureaucracy we fear. But for entirely practical […]

Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo Honored as a ‘History Maker’ for Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities is honoring Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences and chief of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine, as a “History Maker” in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The social media campaign highlights Hispanic […]

Puerto Rico’s Looming 2019 Medicaid Fiscal Cliff

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Puerto Rico and its residents have experienced numerous crises and shocks in the last decades, including an economic depression dating back to 2006; a public debt crisis resulting in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history and a federally appointed fiscal oversight board pursuing deep budget cuts; a demographic crisis with population dropping by more […]

Puerto Rico’s next crisis is coming, and only Congress can stop it

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

BY MICHAEL J. MELENDEZ AND DR. JAIME TORRES, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS    THE HILL–— 09/11/19    Congress reconvenes this week and will tackle many issues that are crucial for our country. Among them is the imminent man-made crisis facing Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories when funding from the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act and the Affordable Care Act […]

Administration ends protection for migrant medical care

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Associated Press August 26, 2019 Administration ends protection for migrant medical care By Philip Marcelo The Trump administration has eliminated a protection that lets immigrants remain in the country and avoid deportation while they or their relatives receive life-saving medical treatments or endure other hardships, immigration officials said in letters issued to families this month. […]

Harris’s Fake Medicare-for-All Plan

Monday, August 5th, 2019

The American Prospect August 1, 2019 Harris’s Fake Medicare-for-All Plan By Robert Kuttner In the extensive jousting over Medicare for All, Kamala Harris has evaded scrutiny for the most insidious aspect of her plan: It significantly expands for-profit insurance at the expense of true Medicare by promoting more use of commercial products spuriously known as […]

Congressman Pallone Opening Remarks at Hearing on Medicaid Funding Cliff in the U.S. Territories

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) delivered the following opening remarks today at a Health Subcommittee hearing on, ““Strengthening Health Care in the U.S. Territories for Today and Into the Future:” Today, our Committee continues its efforts to ensure that all Americans have access to health care, whether they live in one of […]

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 […]

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

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 […]

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