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What steps should a person from Puerto Rico take to seek health care benefits?

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cindykoonce | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted July 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM via web

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What steps should a person from Puerto Rico take to seek health care benefits?

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marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted July 16, 2012 at 3:28 AM (Answer #1)

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Before 1994, health care was only available to the poor through government-run hospitals and medical centers.  These centers had quite a reputation for being sloppy and unprofessional.  There were no private clinics to serve the needs of the population.

In 1994, the governor of Puerto Rico enacted a health reform plan that made health insurance available to its citizens to cover all medical costs except mental health care.  The health reform movement got off to a rough start and is still being fine tuned into a system that works for everybody.

A person in Puerto Rico wanting health care benefits should contact one of three companies participating in the reform.  They are Triple-S, Inc., Medical Card Systems, and Humana.  But, insurance is expensive and has limited benefits.

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