Guam - 48 hours before their health insurance coverage was set to expire, Governor Felix Camacho, an ocean away, signed the Fiscal Year 2010 Government of Guam Healthcare Insurance Program contract. "My signatures should put to rest the anxieties of the active employees and GovGuam retirees," said the island's chief executive.
"The work is still not over as open enrollment has closed and we all must ensure that all those under the program are being served well in the days and year to come," he added. The signing of the contract ends a six-month negotiation process that began with solicitations of proposals to the negotiations by an eight-member negotiating team that included a member from the Judiciary of Guam and the Guam Legislature.
"The contract is in compliance with the recently signed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by President Barack Obama and is for the first time done prior to when contract coverage is scheduled to begin," said Governor Camacho. "I want to thank the negotiating team, the Department of Administration, the Office of the Attorney General, and consultant Aon Insurance for their due diligence in seeing this contract through from start to finish."