by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Democratic gubernatorial team of Carl Gutierrez and Frank Aguon, Jr. are asking the island's chief executive not to sign-off on the Government of Guam's health insurance plan for the coming year. The Attorney General's Office has authorized on the document that now awaits Governor Felix Camacho's signature...but he is currently off-island.
In the letter to the governor, Gutierrez and Aguon asked that the parties be brought back to the negotiating table, as they claim the existing rates are unfair to employees, retirees and their families. Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff Shawn Gumataotao defends the process, reiterating that every branch of the government was represented during the negotiations between the government and Calvo's SelectCare - the only local insurance provider to respond to the request for proposal.
Gumataotao says Aguon, who chairs the Legislative Committee on Healthcare, should have been a part of the process or at least known about it since the Legislature had its own representative at the table. "The harder look should have happened already by the good senator," said Gumataotao. "To do it now on the heels of an election is absolutely ridiculous; also, with several days before we are supposed to finalize a contract? That contract is set to be signed very quickly and to serve the needs of the actives and the retirees."
Gumataotao adds that Acting Governor Mike Cruz also has voiced his favor for the insurance plan, and that the agreement will be signed in the next few days.