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A number of Senator Rodriguez's Bills and a Resolution was debated and passed in the latest session of the Guam Legislature this month and now await the Governor's approval.

Of significant importance is the passage of Bill 282-33.

Bill 282-33 would establish withholding assessment fee for non-resident person to capture the 4% equivalent of the Business Privilege Tax on contracts awarded by Gov Guam for professional services.

In her testimony, Guam's Public Auditor, Doris Flores Brooks said, "While the amount of potential tax collection is not known, the FY 2014 financial audit of the government of Guam excluding autonomous entities, reported GovGuam spent $159 million in contractual services. Bill 282 attempts to plug a perceived revenue leak and provides the collection mechanism to do so. It also attempts to provide parity for professional services rendered by residents of Guam who pay 4% GRT and non-residents who may not be paying."

This bill, if enacted, will help the government capture revenue that may be used toward vital services in government.

Also passed in session was Resolution 308.  This Resolution was to encourage the Governor of Guam to pursue the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's inclusion of Vietnam and the Philippines to the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program.

This resolution expresses the support of the people of Guam for inclusion to the program and encourages the governor of Guam to act on this opportunity to broaden the visitor industry with an increase from these regions.

Other Bills that passed and are awaiting the Governor's signature are:

Bill 249-33:  An act to mandate the payment of compensation benefits of Animal Control Officers of the Dept. of Agriculture pursuant to P.L. 29-105.

Bill 282-33: Relative to extending the BPT exemptions for Child Care Centers and Group Child Care Homes so as to promote Early Childhood learning and development opportunities for child care facilities.

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Guam is ready for the 2016 Festival of the Pacific Arts!  With over 2,500 Delegates from 27 Countries, we are home to showcase the diversity, strength and unity of our Pacific Island Family!

Come out and join in the Opening Ceremony of Fest Pac on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 5pm at the Paseo Stadium in Hagatna!

Visit www.guamfestpac2016.com for the full review on the schedule of events to last through June 4, 2016!

Together, let us share the pride of our island culture, heritage and history!

Biba Guam!  Biba Fest Pac! 

 

 

 

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.

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