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Rosselló Creates Group to Tackle Healthcare Funding Parity

By on January 16, 2017

SAN JUAN — Gov. Ricardo Rosselló signed an executive order Monday to create a multisectoral team to achieve parity in Medicaid and Medicare funds.

“Health is non-negotiable, and with this executive order we establish as a priority to work toward achieving the necessary resources for a healthy population,” the governor said when signing E.O. 2017-12.

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló

Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín will head his new team and work alongside the island’s governor to coordinate public policy and present alternatives to comply with requisites established by federal agencies that are necessary to achieve equal benefits and budgetary allocations. Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González will also coordinate efforts from the U.S. Congress to ensure that Puerto Rico receives equal treatment in disbursement and fund management for Medicaid and Medicare.

According to the executive order, the team must present a report, to be approved by Rosselló, within the next 30 days on strategies for public policy to achieve funding parity. Subsequently, it must present periodical reports to outline their progress.

See also: Puerto Rico’s ‘healthcare crisis’ Prompts Investigation

Th eteam is composed of Health Secretary Rafael Rodríguez; Health Insurance Administration (ASES by its Spanish acronym) President Ricardo Rivera Cardona; the president of the Puerto Rico Hospitals Association, Jaime Plá; Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) President Carlos Mercader;  the president of the Puerto Rico Association of Physicians & Surgeons, Víctor Ramos Otero; Medicare Advantage Products Association (MMAPA) President Jim O’Drobinak; Puerto Rico Community Pharmacies Association (AFCPR) President Idalia Bonilla; and three additional members designated by the governor.

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