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.