Please join ACS CAN on Thursday, September 30th at 3 p.m. ET for a virtual event on Medicaid in the U.S. Territories. Medicaid in the U.S. Territories: How Inequitable Funding Exacerbates Health Disparities will examine the role of Medicaid in the U.S. territories, particularly with respect to addressing health disparities and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters. The event is the fourth in a series on health equity through the Medicaid Covers US project. The Medicaid Covers Us project is intended to create a conversation about the Medicaid program and the role it plays in the health and well-being of families, friends, and communities.
Featured speakers for the event include:
- Lou Leon Guerrero, Governor, Guam
- Justa Encarnacion, Health Commissioner, U.S. Virgin Islands
- Edna Y. Marín Ramos, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Medicaid Program
- Tina Comissiong, Chief Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel, Schneider Regional Medical Center and Charlotte Kimmelman Cancer Institute, U.S. Virgin Islands
- Roberto García-Rodríguez, Chief Executive Officer, Triple S Salud, the Puerto Rico affiliate of Blue Cross; President of MMAPA, the association of Medicare and Medicaid organizations; and President of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer in Puerto Rico
- Maria Cristy, Vice President, Cancer Control and Patient Services, American Cancer Society, Puerto Rico
- Jacqueline Agramonte, Patient Navigator, American Cancer Society, Puerto Rico
- Medicaid enrollees from the U.S Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
Medicaid is critical to addressing public health and supporting the health systems of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S Virgin Islands, where it is one of the largest sources of health insurance.
Inequitable funding of Medicaid in the territories has threatened access to care and funding for health systems. ACS CAN is working to address this issue, including supporting legislation that would extend funding for Medicaid in U.S. territories that currently is set expire on Sept. 30 if no action is taken.
This event is open to the public, so please register and feel free to share this invitation with others. If you have questions about this event or the Medicaid Covers US project, please contact Hilary Gee Goeckner at Hilary.Gee@cancer.org.