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Archive for October, 2017

Why House Bill’s Medicaid Funding for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Falls Way Short

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Edwin Park,  Vice President for Health Policy, park@cbpp.org The additional federal Medicaid funds for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the HEALTHY KIDS Act — which the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed on a party-line vote yesterday to continue funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — fall well short of what those U.S. territories need in […]

My uncle survived Hurricane Maria. Despair over its devastation killed him.

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

The storm destroyed far more than just buildings. By April Ruiz Outlook Washington Post October 6 April Ruiz is a residential college dean and lecturer of cognitive science at Yale University. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/my-uncle-survived-hurricane-maria-despair-over-its-devastation-killed-him/2017/10/06/f23bb2f2-a9ee-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?undefined=&utm_term=.086794e79916&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1 ‘Papi tiene muerte cerebral.” I don’t know when my cousin originally sent the text, but it buzzed through to Connecticut from Puerto Rico’s […]

An island in emergency: How to get Puerto Ricans desperately needed medical care

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

As the waters slowly recede, Puerto Rico’s health care system is reeling from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. Hospitals are flooded or closed entirely, leaving the most vulnerable patients facing deadly complications. Thousands of Puerto Ricans will most certainly need to leave the island in need of medical care because of impending or chronic […]

Mental Health Concerns Of Puerto Ricans Grow In Maria Aftermath

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Locked out of his home and with nowhere else to go, Wilfredo Ortiz Marrero rode out Hurricane Maria inside a Jeep, which was lifted off its wheels by floodwaters in the parking lot. He then endured days without enough food or running water. The lights are back on at […]

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