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Hearing discusses Public Health fees

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - A hearing was held on the Department of Mental Health's proposed fee schedule this afternoon. The agency has had the authority to charge for several years - but is now finally in the process of implementation which has the potential to generate anywhere between $9 million and $12 million in much-needed revenue.

During today's discussion Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, who has been long pushing for the fees to be implemented sought clarification as to whether the front office backs the proposal. "Have you had any discussions with him about these fees and whether or not Adelup is in support of these?" Cruz asked Mental Health director Wilfred Aflague. He replied, "In my communications with the governor as recently in regard these fees about three weeks ago he has personally told me to proceed with these fees as they have long been missing or nonexistent."

As for billing and collections, Aflague says because they are just in the infant stage he and deputy Rey Vega would handle it for the time being.

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