InnovaCare Health is a fiduciary for Medicaid and Medicare programs in Puerto Rico. Being a US territory, it is the responsibility of the United States to accommodate the people of Puerto Rico. In a meeting involving 8 of the leading ladies in Healthcare, and President Donald J. Trump, InnovaCare was represented by Chief Administrative Officer Penelope Kokkinides, to discuss the current state of Puerto Rican citizens and their medical needs. In the current crisis, there have been a series of budget cuts to Puerto Rico to the tune of $1 billion a year since 2011. This is significantly unequal to the budget allowances for the States. With Medicare funding decreasing, it is harder to care for the people of Puerto Rico.
Penelope Kokkinides outlined this in her discussions with the President, explaining that Puerto Rico needs more Medicare funding. A large percentage of people seeking medical treatment are elderly, and need to use Medicare to pay for their treatment.
Regarding the aftermath of hurricanes that pummeled Puerto Rico, some doctors offices remained closed. InnovaCare established a make-shift clinic inside an electronic charging station, called Recargate, (t.’Recharge’) to provide care for citizens. While InnovaCare is a New Jersey based company, their subsidiaries work in other locations, like Puerto Rico. Over 25,000 residents of Puerto Rico have received treatment and medications, some life-saving, from InnovaCare–or MMM, Medicare y Mucho Mas–since the clinics have opened.
CEO Rick Shinto has been with MMM for InnovaCare since 2008, and has more than 20 years experience in the health care and insurance field. He serves on the Board of Directors for multiple organizations, including AHIP- America’s Health Insurance Plans since 2017, the industry leader for trade. He has earned his Bachelor’s degree at UC at Irvine, UNY at Stony Brook is where he received his medical degree, an M.B.A. at University of Redlands. Aside from educated, Rick Shinto has an impeccable business sense, with a particular interest in bringing healthcare to the underprivileged, such as Puerto Rico.
InnovaCare Health is continuing their work with the victims of Hurricane Maria, keeping the clinics open and treating patients in need. If Dr. Shinto or Penelope Kokkinides has anything to say about it, Healthcare will be available to every medically needy resident of Puerto Rico. MMM works hard to make clinics available in many areas to accommodate more than just the cities. They want to make the clinics reachable to even the people in rural Puerto Rican communities. With 80% of the Recargate temporary clinic’s daily visits being elderly, the need for Medicare funding is essential. This is the mission of InnovaCare and Ms. Kokkinides, MMM and Dr. Rick Shinto, in addition to the Puerto Rican people.