InnovaCare Health Chief Administrative Officer Penelope Kokkinides has been working hard towards resolving the health crisis that Puerto Rico faces. As the Cheif Administrative Officer of one of the top-ranked Medicare Advantage plan providers in the country, she has had direct interaction with the effect of this crisis. Recently, Penelope was invited to the White House as part of the Women in Health Care forum. The federal health care legislation was the main subject of this forum. Present at this Roosevelt room roundtable meeting was President Donald Trump and Seema Verma, the CMS administrator.
Penelope Kokkinides’ primary focus during this forum was addressing the health crisis in Puerto Rico. On top of that, she had a few proposals for President Trump on how to remedy the situation. According to Penelope, the crisis being witnessed now in this particular region was brought about by the reduction of federal finance to the sector. Over the years, as funding was cut, the situation grew worse. She pointed out that the health sector in Puerto Rico now has a $1 billion deficit. This has brought healthcare and Medicare plans in the region to its knees.
As a solution to the crisis, Penelope suggested that the president increases federal medical funding to the region to match that of other states. She pointed out that with the fund in place, the 560,000 beneficiaries of Medicare plan in the region who have difficulties accessing Medicare will now be relieved. These beneficiaries will be able to access the best medical services.
About Penelope Kokkinides
This InnovaCare Health Chief Administrative Officer has specialized her career in managed care and government programs in the healthcare sector. She is an expert in Medicaid and Medicare. Using her expertise in this field, Penelopes has dedicated some of her time to clinical programs development. She has also partaken in the development of healthcare procedures.
Penelope seeks to improve organizational structure efficiency in the medical sector. She joined InnovaCare health in August 2016 for the same position she holds now. Before this, she worked at Aveta Inc. as its Cheif Operating Officer between 2006 and 2012. Education wise, she attended Binghamton Hampton University for her Biological Sciences B.S. On top of that, she also studied classical languages. She then went to New York University where she pursued her Social Work M.S. Later, Penelope pursued a Public Health Masters at the Columbia University. This would be the second Masters under her academic belt.