As the Chairman of the Guam Legislature’s Committee on Health and Human Services, Senator Rodriguez is pleased with the District Court’s decision to end the federal watch of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities.
Yesterday, Senator Rodriguez addressed a gathering of the American College of Health Executives Guam Chapter on the state of community healthcare on island. The meeting was held at the Fiesta Resort and was attended by health executives from both the private and public sectors of the community. Senator Rodriguez spoke on major issues such as Obamacare, TEFRA reimbursments for GMH, the medical peer review process and so much more.
Senator Rodriguez stated, "There is a growing epidemic of increasing rates of obesity and unhealthy weight gain that are contributing to the rise of chronic diseases, poor health, a reduced quality of life, and the ever increasing higher costs for health care for our island. Every little thing that we can do to make our community healthier is worth it."
Please be advised that on Friday, August 17, 2012, the Committee on Health and Human Services will be conducting a Public Hearing at 12:00 noon in the I Liheslaturan Guahån, Public Hearing Room in Hagåtña, on the following:
Bill No. 505-31 (COR): An act to establish the Administrative Rules and Regulations governing the Guam prescription drug monitoring program of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, under new Article 18 of Chapter 4, Division 1, Title 26, Guam Administrative Rules and Regulations, and in conformance with §67.301(a) of Article 3 [Regulation of Manufacture, Distribution and Dispensing of Controlled Substances], Chapter 67, Title 9, Guam Code Annotated.
Bill No. 499-31 (COR): An act to provide immediate financial relief to Guam Memorial Hospital Authority by mandating timely payments by health insurance plan administrators to Guam’s only civilian hospital, by adding a new §9902.1 to Article 9, Chapter 9 – [Health Care Prompt Payment Act of 2000], Title 10, Guam Code Annotated.
The valuable input of our island community is greatly appreciated and considered on these important matters and your participation is highly encouraged.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office at 649-8638 (TODU).