In celebration of Pride Month 2022, the NALHE Tri-State Chapter leaders convened healthcare leaders from across the NY region for a virtual panel discussion around the importance of fostering inclusive care for the Latinx LGBTQIA+ community!
The discussion was held this past, Thursday, June 30, 2022 – 6:30pm-7:30pm EST.
This conversation was centered around:
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Congress may continue to exclude Puerto Rican residents from a federal safety net program that provides direct payments to poor, disabled, and blind American citizens. At issue was whether the Supplemental Security Income program can constitutionally exclude American citizens who reside in Puerto Rico.
Congress established the program in 1972 to provide a minimum income for the neediest adults who are over 65, blind, or disabled. Excluded from benefits were citizens living in Puerto Rico and other territories. Challenging that exclusion was Jose Luis Vaello Madero. Born in Puerto Rico, he moved to New York in 1985, and in 2012, after suffering a serious illness, he began receiving SSI payments. Those benefits continued for four years after he returned to Puerto Rico. When the Social Security Administration realized that he was no longer in New York, it not only cut off his benefits, it filed suit to recover the $28,000 in payments he received after moving back to Puerto Rico. Vaella Madero claimed that excluding citizens who live in Puerto Rico violated the constitution’s guarantee to equal protection of the law.
Two lower courts agreed. But on Thursday the Supreme Court reversed those rulings. The vote was 8-to-1, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the lone dissenter. Her parents were born in Puerto Rico. (OPB – 4/22/2022; Nina Totenberg (NPR))
NALHE Leaders convened to have a conversation regarding the facts of this case, the ruling’s implications and opportunities to design solutions and advocacy for the health and wellbeing of all of the communities we serve.
Content Matter Expert Presenters:
Marcos Pesquera, System VP, Community Benefit, Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, CHRISTUS Health & President-Elect of NALHE
Dominic Castillo, Associate Attorney, HuschBlackwell, President of NALHE’s Central Texas Chapter
Danielle Gilbert, Senior Associate Attorney, HuschBlackwell
Jorge Pesquera, VP Marketing, APS Health, Elected President, Puerto Rico Healthcare Administrators College
Jaime Pla, Executive President, Puerto Rico Hospitals Association -Isabel Abislaiman, Attorney, Isabel Abislaiman Esq.
Luis Eduardo (Luigi) Pizarro-Otero, Esq. LL.M., President & CEO, FIDE LLC
Whether you are already a healthcare professional or student well on your way to becoming one, it has never been more important to identify and overcome disparities in health care within your communities. Connect with healthcare executives and leaders within the Latino community to gain the wisdom, insight and experience to take on these challenges.