The fact that InnovaCare Health whose base is in New Jersey has not stopped it from reaching Puerto Rico to extend and offer its services after Hurricane Maria struck.
Currently, it runs one of the largest health plans in the island. Medicare Mucho Mas is the name given to the health care plan whose location is in San Juan. The city is still recovering from the hurricane hit, which lay almost everything to waste in its wake.
Healthcare facilities are either closed or were swept away, as doctors were also trying to cope. Moreover, the health professionals have a long trend of leaving the island for the mainland. This and the fact that there were blackouts which have now reduced to hours where they lasted for days. People moreover started finding shelter as the aftermath cleared.
‘Recargate’ or ‘Recharge’ a setup of MMM initially set up in Plaza las Americans shopping center initially started as a charging station that was temporary. It went on to transform to a makeshift clinic, where the Puerto Ricans flooded towards in search of care and counsel.
MMM President Orlando Gonzalez attested to the fact that Recargate has received over 20,000 visitors and an average of 130 per day. Being helped by Vice president Vivian Arthur, the program has developed outreach programs and established mobile clinics two weeks after the disaster.
Medicaid and Medicare are paying for the services provided to the patients. Moreover, corporations have also contributed food and drugs. Corporate communications vice president Annette Rodriguez added that the outreach programs had included home visits to the elderly to check on the elderly and to distribute supplies.
InnovaCare Health President and CEO, Dr. Richard Shinto, has credited Recargate for piloting in addressing health needs of the population and the outreach program for uncovering how social issues like poverty, lack of transport and housing instability affect health.
Penelope Kokkinides, an administrative officer at InnovaCare, attended a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss health care legislation. She put across that increase in funding is crucial to support medical services in Puerto Rico.
She went on to suggest that alterations should be made by the current administration in the Medicare Advantage, towards the benefit of the Puerto Ricans. She pointed out that making cuts in the payment for health services for the Puerto Ricans as responsible.
Kokkinides went on to advocate for the importance of women in the health industry.
Considering that Recargate has had to extend its closing time by months, its safe and relief to say that the program is making a difference.