Miami, Aug 9 The Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce (PRCC) and the island’s business sectors made a call this Tuesday in Miami to the diaspora in Florida to press for a change in US policy that does not discriminate against them, especially in health, food safety and security issues. economic development.
Cameron McKenzie, president of the CCPR, reminded the more than 1.2 million Puerto Ricans living in Florida that the decisions made in Congress in Washington affect the little more than 3 million inhabitants of the island.
He specified that they seek pressure from voters on congressmen from the continental United States for “parity” in official health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
The CCPR, which was joined by the Puerto Rican Professional Association (PROFESA), thus announced in a press conference the so-called Puerto Rico Equality Pledge Tour.
The idea is to visit jurisdictions in the United States that maintain close ties with the island, such as Florida, so that organizations and members of the community join their demand for congressmen to approve measures that do justice to the Americans who reside In Puerto Rico.
They urge to call and write to the offices of their federal legislators to demand equal conditions, especially in the health issue.
Luis Pizarro, president of the CCPR Health Committee, criticized that the islanders receive a “kind of second-hand rights” by detailing that the annual health funds for an American are 12,000 dollars, but they are reduced to 4,000 on the island.
In South Florida, pressure is concentrated on Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to support initiatives that give parity to beneficiaries of federal programs in Puerto Rico such as Medicaid and Medicare Advantage.
Through bill HR 7997, the Chamber and other business sectors seek to provide parity in the services of the Medicare Savings Program.
Similarly, extend the services of the supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP) to indigent individuals and families who already receive food assistance (NAP), as well as the urgency of strengthening incentives for manufacturing so that the economy in Puerto Rico can improve .
“We are going to continue fighting for parity in funds for health and for the economy of Puerto Rico in all jurisdictions where there are Hispanic and Puerto Rican communities,” explained McKenzie, president of the CCPR.
The union added that the disparity in nutritional assistance is equivalent to a loss of 2,000 million annually that is not available to citizens of all ages who live below the poverty level, which is 43% of the population in Puerto Rico.
The executive director of the Chamber, Liza García Vélez, reported that Puerto Rico, unlike the rest of the states and territories, is not eligible for SNAP.
The bill HR 8945 seeks an orderly transition from NAP to SNAP that increases food security for citizens residing in Puerto Rico, he added.
On the other hand, they urged help in manufacturing, which represents 49% of the island’s GDP.
“For more than 20 years, the Association of Puerto Rican Professionals in Florida has maintained its unwavering commitment to empowering all Puerto Ricans,” said Rafael González, president of PROFESA, an organization that joined the initiative.
Equality in health and economic issues should not be a topic of discussion, equity for all American citizens must be a fact, he assured. EFE