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How Hurricane Maria Worsened Puerto Rico's Health Care Crisis

Puerto Rico

More than three months have passed since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, worsening longstanding economic and health challenges. As the Commonwealth Fund’s Shanoor Seervai explains, the storm has exacerbated existing fault lines in the territory’s health system. A combination of extreme poverty and deprivation threatens the health of Puerto Ricans, who are generally in poorer health than mainland Americans and heavily reliant on an underfunded Medicaid program. 

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