The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has been in the news spotlight for over a year due to the debt crisis that has followed a decade’s long recession, and to the rapid spread of Zika cases on the island, exceeding 19,000 as of September 21, 2016, and counting. Nearly half of the population (46%) in Puerto Rico lives below the federal poverty line, and the unemployment rate is more than double that of the 50 states and D.C. (12% vs. 5%)., For a snapshot of Puerto Rico’s demographic characteristics, key health indicators, and a broader discussion of Zika on the island, see our 8 questions and answers about Puerto Rico fact sheet.
Roughly one in two Puerto Ricans (49%) are enrolled in the island’s Medicaid program, a rate more than double that of the 50 states and D.C. (19%). Puerto Rico provides Medicaid coverage through an island-wide public health insurance program, known as Mi Salud, the umbrella …
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Puerto Rico: Medicaid, Fiscal Issues and the Zika Challenge