By Mario Anglada
The U.S. territories’ Medicaid programs are about to regress to a state of chronic underfunding unless policymakers take action. Historically, these programs have received unequal treatment compared to Medicaid in the states, which the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sought to address by providing additional funds, the ACA, however, failed to provide a long-term fix to a formula that gave territories – including Puerto Rico — fewer Medicaid funds.
Instead, it simply provided buffer funding to enable programs to maintain status quo with potential to expand. Unfortunately, these funds are scheduled to expire in September of 2019, creating a highly disruptive healthcare environment at a time when Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.
Even as Puerto Rico continues to rebuild its infrastructure and get back online, innovative healthcare solutions now enable under- and uninsured individuals to gain access to quality care designed to serve their needs and help mitigate the impact of the pending Medicaid program crisis.
These solutions are designed to give Hispanics everywhere access to care at an affordable price, whether it’s in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, in either English or Spanish, and without the need for any type of insurance or third-party payment.[Read more…] about Healthcare Medicaid Issue in Puerto Rico Calls for Innovative Solution