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Health Insurance Bill Introduced

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Eleven lawmakers are backing a bill that aims at resolving the stalemate for the FY13 Govguam Health Insurance contract. As we reported due to admitted errors in the RFP process, the Department of Administration announced last week it would be issuing a new RFP.  Bill 513 however proposes that instead of issuing a new RFP, govguam switches the way it procures health insurance by following the same process used for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plans. The FEHB resembles a sealed bid process where pricing proposals are submitted by each eligible vendor.  The basis of choice available to federal employees is determined by the price and perceived quality of the product and service offered by each vendor. The legislation has the support of eleven senators who evidently hope to have the legislation passed before the end of the fiscal year because according to the bill they feel it would be futile to restart the existing procurement process. The senators that are co-sponsors of the bill include: (D) Sen. Ben Pangelinan, (D) Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., (D) Speaker Judi Won Pat, (D) Vice Speaker BJ Cruz, (D) Sen. Tina Muna Barnes, (D) Sen. Rory Respicio, (D) Sen. Judi Guthertz, (D) Sen. Tom Ada, (D) Sen. Adolpho Palacios, (R) Sen. Sam Mabini and (R) Sen. Aline Yamashita. You can read Bill 513 at guamlegislature.com.

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