Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón
Several congressional lawmakers have asked the Trump administration to address a long-time disparity in Medicare reimbursement rates for Puerto Rico that has affected residents' access to care.
Nearly 20% of the island's population, or 580,000 people, are on Medicare Advantage plans. Lawmakers hope the CMS will boost Puerto Rico's Medicare Advantage rates for 2019 this spring. Puerto Rico's Medicare Advantage reimbursement rate is 43% below the national average and 26% below that of its neighbor, the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to a Tuesday letter from Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón, Rep. José Serrano (D-N.Y.) and 23 other congressmen to HHS Secretary Alex Azar.