Former Soundview Health Patients Scramble to Find Coverage

Friday, August 12, 2011

The New York State Department of Health is planning to drop Soundview Health Network from its Medicaid program. The move will leave many of the Bronx patients it serves looking for alternatives.

Elizabeth Benjamin, vice president of Health Initiatives at Community Health Advocates, an organization that helps New Yorkers find health care options, said the state should make sure it has plans to help Soundview's displaced Medicaid patients.

"I'm hoping that they will have contingency plans and work with Soundview to be able to reach out to Medicaid patients and try to help them find other alternative providers in their neighborhood," Benjamin said.

Soundview's five clinics are run by former state Senator Pedro Espada and his son. They face federal charges for embezzling from Soundview to support a lavish lifestyle. Espada has denied any wrongdoing and says Soundview is challenging the state's decision to drop it from Medicaid.

The health network said it serves 20,000 people. The Department of Health wasn't immediately available for comment.


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monaburge from oakpark

The "Penny Health" is quite popular in California and New York. For example it offers the low income health plan. Also offers health insurance for individual with pre-exisiting conditions.

Aug. 13 2011 01:47 AM
Knowledgable NYer from New York

The federal Community Health Center grant program is likely to finally give them the boot soon too! If some other organization does not take over they will likely lose that grant too.

If the Espada's would walk away, and turn both ownership and management over to a truly independent and new group (not de facto flunkies), then Soundview clinics would stay open and the people they serve would not be inconvenienced (and would get better care then ever).

Neither the State Medicaid, nor the Federal Community Health Center programs are going to put up with the Espada's shenanigans anymore.

But if indepedent folks take over soon, it can be saved.

If Espada's really cared, they would walk away.

Aug. 12 2011 01:38 PM

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