FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2016
Senator Rodriguez wants your input to establish expanded Health Insurance for ALL Guamanians.
Online survey now available at www.toduguam.com
Tamuning, Guam. Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. Chairman of the Committee on Health, Economic Development, Homeland Security, and Senior Citizens calls on the community to take a short online survey that attempts to gather additional information to help his efforts to expand health insurance coverage to more Guamanians.
Tens of thousands of Guam’s residents are currently without healthcare insurance coverage and because of this urgently needed care often goes untreated. Worse yet, it is only when they are driven by their pain to go to our Guam Memorial Hospital that they finally receive treatment. Without consistent access to care their condition becomes far worse than if they had treatment at an earlier stage in the illness or condition. Having insurance allows people to develop a relationship with a doctor and this relationship enables early detection of health concerns. Without insurance, people are often faced with their inability to pay for needed early treatment, the condition worsens, and now the needed care has now become very costly due to the delay. Our hospital and all of us then absorb the costs for their care. This unacceptable cycle must be broken by the provision of timely access to affordable healthcare.
Senator Rodriguez is focused and moving towards a broader more encompassing approach; essentially, the universal health care approach. Universal health care is seen by many as the means by which, through public policy mandates, the expansion of coverage availability to the widest possible portion of our people needing health care insurance. This could be included under the umbrella of a government regulated and guided healthcare system providing access to coverage.
The survey is intended to help gather additional information on a segment of our population’s views as to this approach.
“I am all too well aware of the challenges in finding affordable solutions to the ever increasing costs of health care coverage for the people of Guam. Far too many families and individuals are either uninsured or underinsured. The exorbitant costs are fostering a widespread inclination towards delaying essential preventative healthcare, which in turn is tragically leading to a rapidly increasing incidence of a disease or life threatening condition being discovered and treated in its later stages; at an even greater cost and often resulting in a disastrously dire outcome. This is why we need to work hard to establish expanded health insurance coverage for our people. ” Senator Rodriguez stated.
TO TAKE THE SURVEY: Click on the Survey Tab (top right of this page) and select from employee survey or employer survey. This first round of survey focuses on working families and employers. Subsequent surveys targeting other demographics will be forthcoming as needed.
Senator Rodriguez will be the guest speaker at the Guam Medical Association (GMA) special meeting on April 7, 2016. Similar events and village town hall meetings are being coordinate in an effort to seek as much input from the community as well as providing more details on the expansion of health insurance coverage to our people.
For more information, please contact Chuck Tanner, Chief of Staff, [email protected] with the Office of Senator Rodriguez.
Tamuning, Guam. Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Health, Economic Development, Homeland Security, and Senior Citizens, following the Congressional Address of Congresswoman Madeline Z. Bordallo, Guam’s delegate to the U.S. Congress, introduced Resolution No. 308-33(LS), relative to encouraging Governor Eddie Calvo to petition the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to include the Philippines and Vietnam in the list of approved countries in the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program.
Senator Rodriguez likewise supports Congresswoman Bordallo’s call to Governor Calvo to exercise his authority provided in the 2008 Consolidated Natural Resources Act to seek the U.S. DHS to add the Philippines and Vietnam to the Guam-CNMI visa waiver program.
Late last year, Senator Rodriguez reached out to Congresswoman Bordallo to seek her support and collaboration to establish a Guam-only visa waiver program for the Philippines and Vietnam.
The senator’s office has been following the rapid economic expansion and social rights advancement of Southeast Asian countries over the past few years. Their continuing progress in this regard is meaningfully bolstered by countries opening doors for their inclusion in Western world experiences and opportunities, not by keeping doors closed.
“There is a growing middle class population in the Philippines and Vietnam that have disposable income that Guam’s economy can certainly benefit from. The addition of a new airline from the Philippines, Cebu Pacific this month is also a testament of the desire of more Filipinos wanting to travel to Guam,” Senator Rodriguez stated.
There are numerous sectors of our community, to include island leaders, who have enthusiastically toiled with this idea for many years. A few years ago, Senator Rodriguez was fortunate to be able to discuss the inclusion of the Vietnam market in Guam’s tourism portfolio with the late business icon, Mr. Pedro Ada. This important conversation and ongoing effort continues between the Senator and Mr. Ada’s son, Sonny Ada.
“I am committed to pursuing this effort until Guam has successfully achieved this lucrative economic expansion of our tourism markets by inclusion of the Philippines and Vietnam. I am especially inspired to fulfill the desires of the late Mr. Pedro Ada in welcoming Vietnamese visitors to Guam. I will work closely with Governor Calvo and Congresswoman Bordallo to ensure they are supported in all efforts to make this a reality for Guam.” Rodriguez concluded.
Guam is home to thousands of Filipinos. Aside from the obvious, positive economic impact a Philippine visa waiver program would have for Guam, it is also an opportunity for families to unite and celebrate our shared culture and traditions.