Medicaid’s Future As Safety-Net Health Care Hinges On Election


*Nowhere is Medicare Advantage more popular than in Puerto Rico, where 70 percent of eligible Medicare beneficiaries – nearly 600,000 people – are enrolled. This amounts to approximately 20 percent of our population, making it a vital source of health care coverage for the island’s seniors and people with disabilities.

(En ningún lugar es más popular Medicare Advantage que en Puerto Rico, donde el 70 por ciento de los beneficiarios elegibles de Medicare, casi 600,000 personas, están inscritos. Esto equivale aproximadamente al 20 por ciento de nuestra población, lo que la convierte en una fuente vital de cobertura de atención médica para las personas mayores y las personas con discapacidades de la isla.)

People from Florida have to know that MEDICAID is the lifeline for Puerto Ricans living in the island. If you vote for “El Trompo”, you are voting against the health of all those unfortunate that could not escape and go to Florida. Generations of senior citizens and disabled can not wait, they need continuing assistance now.Waiting for the fable of the United States making Puerto Rico a state, is not going to improve anything. (Generaciones de personas envejecientes e incapacidades no pueden esperar a que el mito de la union con la nation americana, mejorara nada, piensen en los que no pueden esperar mas y necesitan ayuda ahora. (La gente de Florida tiene que saber que MEDICAID es el salvavidas para los puertorriqueños que viven en la isla. Si vota por “El Trompo”, está votando en contra de la salud de todos los infelices que no pudieron escapar e irse a Florida.)

Published by nelsongon

I love media and communication, as well as digital technology. I write in Spanish and English, fluent in both languages: speak, read, write, comprehend. I was born in New York, but was sent to Puerto Rico at an early age, where I lived until drafted by the U.S. army. Upon returning from an honorable discharge, I found Puerto Rico small and limited at the time. I moved to Boston where I pursued musical studies and later worked as a musician, teacher, and speech-pathologist in New York. I studied music at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at various New York City colleges, including New York University, New York City, New York. I played professionally in Puerto Rico, prior to entering Berklee College of Music, and after finishing studies there I played in the 80’s bass guitar briefly, with various latin bands, including the Machito Big Band Orchestra in 1982. I was part of their recording that year. Once I saw the transitory nature of music, I studied speech-pathology and worked in that function after teaching middle-school and elementary grades in the New York City Board/Department of Education. In that capacity, I also worked for the New York City Department of Health as an independent contractor providing therapy and evaluations for pre-school and school-age children. I later worked in the high school setting in that capacity before I retired from the Department of Education. I am now retired and with my spare time, I pursue old, and new dreams, as age is a reminder of the evanescence and impermanence of life.

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