Penelope Kokkinides and Rick Shinto Exceptional Brilliance Steers InnovaCare To Great Heights

InnovaCare is a leading provider of Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans and physical practice services. The firm is committed to providing quality healthcare through the creation of sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective models. The company offers two Medicare Advantage plans in Puerto Rico, the MMM Healthcare, and PMC Medicare Choice. The two Medicare plans have over 20,000 members who are served by 7,500 InnovaCare’s competent staff.

InnovaCare Health has a mission to redefine healthcare management system with a goal of overcoming the modern day challenges in the healthcare environment. To meet this mission, InnovaCare prioritizes their patients as well as striving to coordinate quality and innovative care to their patients in North America.

Rick Shinto

Dr. Rick Shinto is the president and CEO of InnovaCare Health. He joined the organization in 2012. Before joining InnovaCare, Shinto was the chief executive officer and president of Aveta Inc. Shinto, who has over 20 years of experience in managed care systems has also worked for several other organizations. Before joining Aveta Inc., he was the chief medical officer of NAMM California.

Shinto began his medical career as an internist and pulmonologist in Southern California. He was later appointed to as the corporate vice president of medical management at MedPartners. He left the position a year later and joined Cal Optima Plan in Orange County, California as the chief medical officer, a position he held until he joined NAMM California.

Rick Shinto received his B.s from the University of California at Irvine. He later earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook before earning an M.B.A from the University of Redlands. He has published several articles on health care and clinical medicine. In 2012, Shinto was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year award. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and incredible success in fields such as financial performance, innovativeness and personal commitment to their enterprise and communities. Read more about Rick Shinto on BusinessWire.Com

Penelope Kokkinides

Penelope graduated with a B.S in biological sciences from the Binghamton University and later earned her M.S in social work from the New York University. She later got her second masters in public health from the Columbia University. Penelope is the current chief administrative officer at InnovaCare Health. Previously she served as the chief operating officer before she was promoted to her current situation. Before joining InnovaCare, Penelope was the chief operating officer of Aveta Inc. Penelope began her career at AmeriChoice where she served as the corporate vice president for care management and disease management. She has over 20 years of experience with a specialty in government programs and managed care industry.

End Citizens United: The PAC That Wants to Amend the Constitution

End Citizens United, which is a political actions committee, wanted to play a significant role in the 2016 U.S. elections. Its aim was to funnel tens of millions into the election campaigns of Democratic candidates in Senate and House races with an end aim of bringing about finance reforms in the country.

 

The PAC, officially launched in August 2016, had managed to raise over $2 million mostly from small donors. It foresaw being able to rake in $25 to $30 million during the election cycle according to it Communication director.

 

How it Hopes to Achieve Finance Reform

 

The primary aim of this group is to amend the Constitution to reverse the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court. The ruling unleashed the use of dark money in US politics. By August of 2016, the PAC had gathered about 325, 000 signatures for its petition demanding that Congress amends the Constitution. The group then partnered with the “Ready for Hillary” group and rented its mailing list to reach out to over 4 million people.

 

The PAC announced that it had endorsed 11 Democratic candidates that include the likes of Sen. Michael Bennet from Colorado and former Sen. Russ Feingold from Wisconsin. While other groups have tried to address campaign finance, this PAC feels it is different since it is addressing the political side of things. Thus, there will be people in Congress who can stand up to Citizens United.

 

How It Spent Money

 

Part of the PAC’s plan entailed setting up an expenditure arm to back its preferred candidates through actions such as direct mailing, televised ads, or polling. While the Pac would love to see reform at the state level, its main aim is overturning the Supreme Court decision of 2010.

 

However, getting such an amendment passed in parliament is not an easy matter. In fact, not a single constitutional amendment has been passed since 1992. According to a campaign finance expert, the better route would be to get a favorable Supreme Court Justice who believed in the PAC’s cause. However, he did note the PAC played a major role in keeping the debate on campaign financing alive.

 

About End Citizens United

 

The group’s sole agenda revolves around the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v F.E.C. That ruling established an idea that a corporation was a person. The result was that it opened the floodgates for billionaires and special interest groups. Consequently, they could spend as much as they wanted on campaigns without the fear of any consequences.

 

The PAC aims to fight this ruling until it is overturned. They aim to show that people at the grassroots level are fighting the influence of big money on American politics. As a result, they will have managed to dismantle a political system that they believe is rigged for billionaires.