by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Several companies responded to the Government of Guam's request for proposal for health insurance coverage for employees and retirees for the coming fiscal year. Acting Department of Administration Director Benita Manglona confirms that "several" companies responded to the RFP but she is not allowed to say exactly how many submissions were received by the agency by Wednesday's deadline.
Manglona says a preliminary review of the submissions is underway to ensure compliance with the request for proposal. Copies will then be made for the negotiating team members who will review the proposals and meet as a team on July 5 with the government's consultant, Hay Group. Evaluations of each company's submission will result in each being ranked and negotiations with the highest ranked offeror are set to begin on July 11.
If negotiations fall through with that company, Manglona says the team will proceed negotiations with the second highest ranked company. Officials anticipate completing negotiations by mid-July for review by the Attorney General, Rev and Tax and the Governor by the end of next month. Manglona adds the negotiating team is made up of herself as the acting DOA director, a representative from the Judiciary, a representative from the Legislature, BBMR, Retirement Fund, Department of Education, DISID, a retiree and a member of the general public.
This year's negotiating team will also include two statutory non-voting members, Committee on Appropriations and Taxation, Senator Ben Pangelinan and Healthcare Committee Chair Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr. There are also advisory non voting members on the team from Public Health, Rev & Tax, the Guam Memorial Hospital and the Attorney General.