Sen. Rodriguez introduced Bills 30-34 and 31-34 on Monday, February 27, with the hope of focusing on Guam's patients who are referred off island for treatment and businesses who want to set up shop on Guam.
Bill 30-34: Guam Medical Referral Office.
Link to Bill 30-34: http://www.guamlegislature.com/Bills_Introduced_34th/Bill%20No.%2030-34%20(COR).pdf
In this day and age, all off island hospitals that service our residents provide transportation and coordination assistance when you use their facilities. There is no longer a need to expend taxpayer funds to pay for duplicated services. The FY 2016 3rd quarter report indicated the average cost to service a Guam resident in Manila was $407.15, in Los Angeles $693.52, in Hawaii $712.68.
"My bill will shift how your money is being spent by establishing a voucher system that would enable an eligible Guam resident to directly receive vouchers that may be used towards your lodging accommodations, ground transportation, or any other related expenses while you are traveling off island for medical care," Senator Rodriguez stated.
Preferably, this new Guam Medical Assistance Office should be operated by a not-for-profit organization to ensure the program is service driven, rather than profit centered. This bill establishes a cap of 15% for administrative costs, thereby ensuring taxpayers funds are maximized and go directly for our residents use.
Bill 31-34: Permanent One Stop Business Licensing & Permitting Center.
Link to Bill 31-34: http://www.guamlegislature.com/Bills_Introduced_34th/Bill%20No.%2031-34%20(COR).pdf
Many of our residents who plan to open a business, whether big or small, often run the risk of long waits for permitting and licensing from our island's current One-Stop Permit Center.
Bill 31-34 will change the way this service is provided.
If enacted, the Bill will create a permanent One-Stop Business Licensing and Permitting Center under the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA). GEDA will have purview over the operations of the center and will ensure that all agencies who are required to sign-off on permits are always available to ensure issuance of permits within a 3-day timeframe. If this timeframe is not met, a 60-day conditional approval of the permit is issued.
Additionally, the GEDA Administrator will assume full Administrative purview of the Center and will be able to hire temporary, government of Guam retirees who may have previously held such positions for which are required to fulfill mandates, as well as private entities who may offer services of the same, also on a temporary basis in order to complete permitting processes.
"This bill will support our island's entrepreneurs who dedicate much of their life savings to building Guam and contributing to the economic landscape on Guam. We must provide these investors, big and small, the tools to carry out their goals which, in turn, will benefit all our people," Sen. Rodriguez shared.
For more information on these Bills, please contact the office of Sen. Rodriguez.
Legislative Health Committee Chairman of the I Mina Trentai Kuåttro Na Liheslaturan, Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., whose committee has oversight of the Government of Guam Health Insurance Plan will be conducting public meetings in the villages to survey government of Guam employees, retirees, dependents, and the general public on the impact of Bill 3-34.
Bill 3-34, is an Act to amend §§ 4301(a) and 4302(c)(2), both of Article 3, Chapter 4, Title 4, Guam Code Annotated, relative to ensuring that only the most economical and beneficial healthcare insurance proposal plan for government of Guam employees and retirees and foster children is forwarded by the Government of Guam health insurance negotiating team to I Maga’låhen Guåhan for consideration; and to divesting the legislature of final approval authority over any contract entered into by I Maga’låhen Guåhan for the same, which received a public hearing today, February 10, 2017 seeks to revise the procurement practice of providing health insurance services to the government of Guam.
“I realize the importance of ensuring we are fiscally responsible with taxpayer resources, however, the government of Guam has a duty and responsibility to ensure its employees, retirees, and dependents have access to quality healthcare services. At a time when we are working hard to expand health insurance access to more of our people, eliminating or reducing services our government workforce has access to at this point is a step in the wrong direction.” According to Senator Rodriguez.
Bill 3-34 as introduced has the potential of shortchanging government of Guam employees, retirees, and dependents the opportunity to have access to all service providers, even more concerning, has the potential of eliminating existing healthcare services that are currently provided to members. To ensure the government of Guam employees, retirees, dependents, and other taxpayers are heard, the Committee on Health will be conducting public meetings:
February 22, 2017, 6:30PM at the Dededo Senior Citizens Center
March 8, 2017, 6:30PM at the Tamuning Senior Citizen Center
March 22, 2017, 6:30PM at the Yona Community Center
Government of Guam employees, retirees, dependents, and the general public are encouraged to review Bill 3-34 and provide comment at any one of the public meetings scheduled. Attendees will also be encouraged to provide their input on the services of the government of Guam health insurance plan they are currently enrolled with, the option of being able to choose the health insurance plan versus an exclusive plan that the government chooses for them, and any other feedback on the government of Guam’s health insurance plan.
Link to Bill 3-34: http://www.guamlegislature.com/Bills_Introduced_34th/Bill%20No.%203-34%20(COR).pdf
The Committee on Military Affairs, under oversight Chairman, Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., will host a Town Hall meeting at the Guam Legislature on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 5:30pm.
The Town Hall will feature presentations by various Veteran Service Organizations, public and private and will be on hand to provide information on the various services they provide.
All Veterans, Military Personnel and Veterans' Organizations are invited to participate and provide the Committee with their input on their issues of concern.
For more information, please contact the Office of Sen. Rodriguez via the website or at 649-8638/0511.