Penelope Kokkinides: Fighting For Medicare Advantage In Puerto Rico

May 20, 2018

As a graduate of SUNY at Binghamton (NY) and Columbia University in the City of New York (NY), Penelope Kokkinides has always emphasized an incredible attention to detail in everything she does.As CEO of InnovaCare, Penelope Kokkinides has extensive experience developing clinical programs and has developed a well-oiled machine when it comes to insurance processes. Her current position is based in Puerto Rico, and naturally she has exhibited a serious concern when it comes to the island’s residents and their access to appropriate insurance. Drawing on her two decades of healthcare experience, Penelope Kokkinides recently had the opportunity of a lifetime: last year, she joined several other female executives to advocate for appropriate health care systems at a White House meeting with President Trump last year.

 

During her March 2017 visit with President Trump, Kokkinides advocated for increased funding of Medicare Advantage throughout the island. She said that one of the most disconcerting facts was that the federal government has continued to decrease funding by $1 billion each year since 2011 for this crucial Puerto Rican program. Still, Kokkinides remained hopeful that the new administration would straighten the situation up for Puerto Rico. The fact that Penelope Kokkinides stepped up to the plate and advocated for all of her patients in Puerto Rico illustrates the immense type of fighting spirit that she has.

 

Another thing that Kokkinides realizes would be the fact that these immense cuts are actually worse in Puerto Rico then they are in the rest of the states. She is deeply concerned that if the Medicaid and Medicare system continues to implode in Puerto Rico, the only option for residents there will be to leave for the states to get most of their needed healthcare. As CEO of InnovaCare, Penelope Kokkinides will fight tooth and nail to make sure that does not happen.

 

Part of the reason is because Kokkinides realizes that Medicare Advantage is the most popular health care program on the island. Because it serves over 560,000 clients, she was honored to represent this program with the current U.S. President. Penelope Kokkinides realizes that her fight is far from over, and one thing is for certain: she is definitely an asset to everyone seeking health care in Puerto Rico.