Ms. Penelope Kokkinides is currently serving as the Chief Administration Officer at InnovaCare health solutions since August 2016. Prior to that Penelope has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Touchstone Health HMO, Inc. since July 2008. Penelope has more than 15 years of experience and specialization in government programs of Medicare and Medicaid. She has fertile knowledge and expertise in clinical programs and managing healthcare processes. Kokkinides has also served as Corporate Vice President for Care Management and Disease Management at AmeriChoice, a business unit of UnitedHealth Group, where she was so instrumental in developing Healthcare models.
In her educational background, Kokkinides is a holder of a Bachelors’ degree in biological sciences and classical languages from Binghamton University. She completed her M.S. in Social Work from New York University and a second Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.
InnovaCare is a leading Medicare and Medicaid advantage organization that provides services related to healthcare in Puerto Rico.Dr. Richard Shinto who is the chief executive is working hand in hand with Kokkinides to meet the institution’s standards.
Recently she attended a meeting at White House to discuss federal health care legislation with President Donald Trump alongside a panel of other executives and professional caregivers. In the meeting with Trump, she tabled the importance of increased funding for Medicare Advantage within 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 has been brought about by the low funding by the States government in the region.
She pointed out that the health sector in Puerto Rico now has a $1 billion deficit. This deficit has brought the Medicare programs in the region to its knees.
Penelope Kokkinides went ahead in the meeting by pointing out analytical solutions to the crisis. Penelope suggested to the president to increase federal medical funding to the region to match that of other states. The situation grew worse over the years as the funding was cut. She says that the highest population on the Island is signed up in the patients and poor people who are chronically ill. She pointed out that with the funding in place, more than 560,000 beneficiaries of Medicare plan in the region will now be relieved from the difficulties of accessing Medicare.