The ongoing hurricane relief efforts of InnovaCare Health continue to address the specific health care needs of Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria, which is regarded as the worst natural disaster in Puerto Rico and Dominica, caused catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities. The destruction has been devastating bringing about as much as $94 billion in damages.
InnovaCare Health, which runs one of Puerto Rico’s largest Medicare Advantage health plans, Medicare y Mucho Mas (MMM), set up a storefront, known as Recargate or Recharge, inside Plaza Las Americas shopping center in the island’s capital, to help those distressed by Hurricane Maria.
More than 30 clinics have been set up to tackle both immediate health concerns and longer-term needs with more than 25,000 patients receiving care.
Dr. Richard Shinto, InnovaCare Health’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement that Recargate has also acted to recognize how hardship, the housing flux, and other factors have an effect on health results.
Recargate also makes educational tutorials, discussion groups and exercise classes available and counseling for depression and grief are offered at regular intervals by health specialists.
Penelope Kokkinides, who recently returned to InnovaCare Health as the company’s Chief Administrative Officer, previously served as the company’s chief operating officer as well as vice president of clinical operations.
She took part in an 8-women in healthcare panel at the White House with President Trump and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to analyze and explore future plans that will have an impact on Medicare Advantage in Puerto Rico.
Kokkinides spoke specifically about the significance of escalating funding for Medicare Advantage. She pointed out that fixing the cuts in Puerto Rico is the financially responsible thing to do.
Another topic at the meeting was the role of women in healthcare. President Trump commented during the meeting how millions of women health care professionals play a crucial role in healthcare.
In addition to operating Medicare y Mucho Mas, InnovaCare Health also operates PMC Medicare Choice and two Medicaid plans within the Government Health Plan of Puerto Rico.
Shortly after the relief efforts began, InnovaCare Health raised more than $4 million by directing a Starry Night Masquerade charity event that included football players, recording artists, actors and more.