On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Virgin Islands followed by Hurricane Maria less than two weeks later. On September 20, 2017, Maria then made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, the strongest hurricane to hit the island.  These two storms caused significant, widespread damage to these U.S. territories. These resources examine various aspects of the ongoing recovery efforts in these territories, including infrastructure, public health and health care challenges, as well as public opinion on the recovery effort. Also available are databases with information specific to Puerto Rico and the USVI in a variety of areas, inlcuding demographics and the economy, health status, Medicaid, minority health and women’s health.
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Navigating Recovery: Health Care Financing and Delivery Systems in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

This brief identifies key issues and short and long-term options for recovery around the health care financing and delivery systems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which caused significant physical damage to the territories. It draws on insights from a Nov. 30 roundtable discussion with leaders and experts representing a variety of perspectives on Medicaid policy, health insurance and care delivery systems, and disaster recovery.

U.S. Virgin Islands: Fast Facts

This fact sheet presents demographic, economic, and health indicators of the U.S. Virgin Islands and briefly discusses some of the territory’s short and long-term challenges facing the territory after Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the island in September 2017.

Voices from Puerto Rico: Reflections Two Months After Maria (Report)

Two months after Maria made landfall, Kaiser Family Foundation staff traveled to Puerto Rico. This brief presents findings from focus groups and individual interviews with 40 individuals from 10 different regions on the island affected by the storm.

Voices from Puerto Rico: Reflections Two Months After Maria (Video)

Residents of Puerto Rico discuss their daily lives and their views on recovery efforts two months after Hurricane Maria. In this video, they describe job loss and continuing economic disruption, a lack of basic services such as electricity and a rising toll on the population’s mental and physical health.

Americans’ Views of Puerto Rico’s Recovery

The November Kaiser Health Tracking poll finds that 70 percent of the public say people in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria are not yet getting needed help, up from 62 percent in October. Similarly, most of the public (59 percent) says the federal government is not doing enough to restore electricity and access to food and water in Puerto Rico. As with Puerto Rico’s recovery effort, most of the public also reports closely following news about the recovery in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey.

Public Health in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

This issue brief provides a snapshot of key public health challenges in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. It discusses topics such as mortality, food, water, sanitation, health care infrastructure, and mental health on the island in the wake of the storm.

Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: The Public’s Knowledge and Views of Its Impact and the Response

The survey gauges the public’s knowledge and views about Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts following the devastating category 4 hurricane that struck Sept. 20. Most Americans say that Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria are not yet getting the help they need, and about half say that the federal government has been too slow to respond and is not doing enough to restore electricity and access to food and water. Republicans are much more likely than Democrats or independents to view the federal response as appropriate.