Tamuning, Guam. Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman on Health and Economic Development will be holding a public hearing on Bill 381-32, an act to establish the Anesthesiologist Assistant Act and an Informational Hearing to receive an update by the Guam Economic Development Authority of all projects funded by the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Bond on August 7, 2014 (Thursday), 1:00 P.M. at the Guam Legislature Public Hearing Room.
Bill 381-32 is a measure that would establish the practice of Anesthesiologist Assistant by designating the Guam Board of Medical Examiners as the governing body, which will have full regulatory purview and administrative authority over the licensure and conduct of anesthesiologist assistants. Senator Rodriguez worked closely with Guam's medical community in drafting this legislation. The establishment of the allied healthcare practice of anesthesiologist assistant will positively benefit the community by expanding the delivery of surgical services as well as other procedures requiring anesthesia.
The HOT Bond projects are capital improvement projects that uses proceeds from the H.O.T. Revenue Limited Obligation Bonds to fund the building of Guam's first permanent cultural and educational museum, renovations of historic sites, as well as other community projects. GEDA is responsibile for the execution of the issuance of the bonds and is the lead agency who oversees the program management office. The August 7th hearing will provide the community a status update of all projects, which will include the timelines of construction and completion.
Tamuning, Guam. Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. participated in a series of casual conversations and coffee with the Stations of the Sorensen Media Group (SMG TV) at the Port of Mocha Coffee House in Hagåtña, Guam. These 30 minute programs offer the public an opportunity to get to know Senator Rodriguez on a more personal level and to discuss the different topics that are important to our island community. These conversations are recorded and broadcast on ABC7 and FOX6 leading up to the primary election.
If you would like to learn more about Senator Rodriguez and his run for the 2014 election, tune in to FOX6 on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 6:30pm to watch!
Kim Blaz and Senator Rodriguez enjoying a cup of coffee during the interview.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 18, 2014
Rodriguez Meets HHS Officials in DC and Discusses Health Related Matters, Including The New Guidance on PPACA.
(Washington, DC). Health Committee Chairman Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. met US Health and Human Services officials in Washington DC today and was provided the HHS response to concerns Guam and other US Territories raised concerning the applicability of certain provisions of the health reform law.
Rodriguez, as chairman of the Guam Legislatures Committee on Health has continuously worked collaboratively with the Insurance Commissioner, health insurance industry officials, Congresswoman Madeline Bordallo, and the Calvo administration in addressing the disparities the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act posed to Guam.
"I have always supported the concept of PPACA’s intent to provide affordable access to care for our people. However, I have been extremely perplexed at the unbalance treatment Guam and the other territories had to deal with in implementing this law". Rodriguez said.
Over the nearly four years Senator Rodriguez has chaired the legislative health committee, he conducted multiple public and private meetings with stakeholders and residents to ensure the critical information related to this federal law was understood. Efforts has always centered upon the need to seek fair treatment by the federal government.
Chairman Rodriguez met with HHS officials last year in Washington DC and again today to highlight the importance of the concerns the people of Guam and the territories were addressed. Rodriguez and his colleagues in the 32nd Guam Legislature passed Resolution 316-32 on February 14, 2014, which elevated the island's concerns to former Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the US Congress, and the Obama administration. Resolution 316-32 sought the federal governments equitable applicability of PPACA to Guam.
The July 16 guidance from HHS basically reverses certain provisions of PPACA's applicability to the territories and Guam, which negates the repeated warning of insurance industry officials of having to increase premiums if certain market reforms were to be required. “I am concerned that this new interpretation goes further beyond the issues we raised and potentially jeopardizes some other key provisions and benefits that are actually good for our people." Rodriguez said. “I am also concerned that some other important issues, such as the tax that will be assessed to all local health insurance companies as well as some other issues we presented was not addressed in this guidance.”
Rodriguez has already scheduled a meeting with all stakeholders next week to further discuss this development. “Considering this new HHS guidance, my next step is to work towards ensuring the spirit and intent of PPACA, especially the protections of our consumers is preserved, even if it means that we have to pass local legislation to make it happen.” Rodriguez concluded.
For further information, contact the office of Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.