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Puerto Rico Healthcare Community Urges Congress To Pass The PRIMA Act (H.R. 6809)



Friday, November 16, 2018

Letter To Congressional Leadership Highlights The Urgent Need To Address Underfunding of Medicare in Puerto Rico And Rebuild The Island’s Healthcare Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Products Association (MMAPA), a non-profit association composed of the leading Medicaid and Medicare Advantage organizations in Puerto Rico, joined with leaders from Puerto Rico's local government and healthcare community to send a letter to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging them to pass H.R. 6809, the Puerto Rico Integrity In Medicare Advantage (PRIMA) Act. As Puerto Rico continues to rebuild following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Medicare funding disparities still undermine access to healthcare on the island.  

Medicare is a fundamental component of Puerto Rico's healthcare system, for both patients and providers. As the letter explains, "When diminishing funding flows to Puerto Rico, less resources and support pass through to patients and providers. Adding an economic crisis and the catastrophic devastation of Hurricane Maria has resulted in a healthcare system with sub-standard infrastructure and provider migration to the mainland."

This is why the Puerto Rico healthcare community calls on Congress to pass the PRIMA Act to stabilize Medicare payments on the island and encourage further investment in Puerto Rico’s healthcare infrastructure. As the letter highlights, "The PRIMA Act can help us rebuild the healthcare system, eliminate Medicare payment disparities between Puerto Rico and the rest of the U.S., as well as ensure that increased resources flow to patients and providers."

Click
here to read the full letter.


About MMAPA

The Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Products Association of Puerto Rico (MMAPA) is a non-profit organization composed of the leading Medicaid and Medicare Advantage organizations in Puerto Rico. Founded in 2009, MMAPA is dedicated to promoting policy solutions to solve Puerto Rico's health care challenges.

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MMAPA Members Visit Washington, Urge Congress To Pass The PRIMA Act (H.R. 6809)


Friday, November 16, 2018


The Bipartisan PRIMA Act Will Provide Crucial Investments To Mitigate The Health Care Crisis In Puerto Rico


WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, members of the Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Products Association (MMAPA), a non-profit association composed of the leading Medicaid and Medicare Advantage organizations in Puerto Rico, traveled to Washington, D.C. MMAPA members met with members of Congress to discuss the need for the Puerto Rico Integrity In Medicare (PRIMA) Act (H.R. 6809).

Puerto Rico's health care infrastructure remains hobbled by a combination of chronic underfunding and devastation wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In their meetings, MMAPA representatives explained to members of Congress how PRIMA will help address this crisis by stabilizing Medicare payments, incentivizing doctors to remain in Puerto Rico, and investing in the Island's health care infrastructure.

Dr. Rick Shinto, President of MMAPA, expressed support for PRIMA, saying, "The American citizens of Puerto Rico deserve a health care system that works. We applaud Representative Jenniffer González-Colón and her colleagues for cosponsoring the PRIMA Act, which will contribute greatly to the Island's long-term recovery."

Dr. Shinto continued, "We are hopeful Congress will prioritize passage of this bipartisan legislation to reduce funding disparities in Puerto Rico and make health care more accessible."

In conjunction with the trip, MMAPA members signed on to a 
letter urging Congress to pass PRIMA. The joint letter was signed by leaders in Puerto Rico's local government and health care community.

Additionally, on Wednesday, the Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) for Puerto Rico sent a 
letter to congressional leadership in support of PRIMA. The FOMB described the bill as "a significant step in the right direction to get Puerto Rico back on the road to stability and economic growth."

More information about the PRIMA Act is available 
here.

About MMAPA
The Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Products Association of Puerto Rico (MMAPA) is a non-profit organization composed of the leading Medicaid and Medicare Advantage organizations in Puerto Rico. Founded in 2009, MMAPA is dedicated to promoting policy solutions to solve Puerto Rico's health care challenges.

Media Contact:
Jim David or Meghan Pennington


Hamilton Place Strategies


jdavid@hamiltonps.com / mpennington@hamiltonps.com

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