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In Fiona-ravaged Puerto Rico, hospitals were prioritized over health clinics for diesel, exacerbating rural health disparities  STAT NEWS

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

When Hurricane Fiona knocked out power across the entire island of Puerto Rico, hospitals turned to diesel-fueled generators to keep the lights on and critical machines running. Community health centers — often the most accessible medical facilities in the poorest districts of the island, those hardest hit by hurricanes — couldn’t immediately do the same. […]

Puerto Rican officials are pleading for more Medicaid dollars post-hurricane

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

Washington Post 10/5/22 Top Puerto Rico officials are pushing for increased federal funds to boost their fragile Medicaid program after Hurricane Fiona ripped through the island last month. The asks come from Gov. Pedro Pierluisi (D) and Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (R), each of whom recently sent congressional leaders separate letters obtained by The Health 202. Some of the requests are similar to funding lawmakers approved […]

The glaring health equity gap in Democrats’ drug pricing plan

Saturday, September 10th, 2022

Rachel Cohrs STAT News 8-6-22 WASHINGTON — As Democrats approach the biggest overhaul of the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 20 years, they are ignoring a glaring health issue: the unequal treatment of low-income adults 65 and older in Puerto Rico. Residents of Puerto Rico pay the same Medicare tax as other Americans, but they […]

It’s time to stop the suffering: New York must pass aid-in-dying

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

Amy Paulin Special to the USA TODAY Network The horrific suffering I witnessed my sister endure at the end of her life is something that will remain with me every day for the rest of my life. It was one of the reasons I decided to introduce the New York Medical Aid in Dying Act, […]

Covid vaccine resistance is nothing new. Anti-vaxxers are as old as vaxxing itself.

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

Nov. 27, 2021, 12:41 PM EST By Daryl Austin, health and history journalist More Americans are getting the Covid-19 vaccine, but a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that 32 percent of people in the United States remain unlikely to get vaccinated against the virus. The newest group of vaccine doubters are parents of […]

Setting Our Agenda–Coalition Releases the First Ever NYC Hispanic/Latinx Health Action Agenda: “Our Health. Our Future”

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

We are proud that Latinos for Healthcare Equity is part of the Steering Committee that created this important agenda. New York, NY, October 28, 2021—NYC Hispanic/Latinx and Latino-serving clinical and non-clinical professionals, faith-based representatives, community leaders, community-based organizations and public health advocates have recognized the importance of coming together from all five boroughs under the theme “Our Health. […]

The Puerto Rico Medicaid Five-Year Deal

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Center for a New Economy—7/20/2021 As we near the end of the federal fiscal year, Puerto Rico faces yet another potential shortage of funds to keep operating its healthcare system. The severity of the threat is very real. A drop in federal funding from $2.8 billion to approximately $400 million, a reduction of about 85%, could result […]

Pharma-Friendly Stance After Millions in Gifts From Drugmakers

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Kaiser Health News—August 12, 2021 To several U.S. senators, it looked wasteful, even outrageous. Every year, taxpayers pay for at least $750 million worth of expensive pharmaceuticals that are simply thrown away. Companies ship many of the drugs in “Costco”-size vials, one lawmaker said, that once opened usually cannot be resealed or saved for other […]

Approval of a Questionable Treatment for Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

It is very rare for the agency to ignore an overwhelmingly negative advisory recommendation. By Michael Specter June 14, 2021 The New Yorker My father died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. Since April, my mother has lived in the memory-care unit of a nursing home in Connecticut. She is lucid at times, but more often she […]

Territories’ Looming Medicaid “Cliff” Highlights Need for Full, Permanent Funding

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

By Javier Balmaceda, Senior Policy Analyst on Puerto Rico CBPP U.S. territories face yet another sharp drop in federal Medicaid funding this September when a temporary federal funding boost is set to expire, and the stakes are even higher this time due to COVID-19’s health and economic crises. Without more federal funding, hundreds of thousands […]

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