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Medicaid expanding to Philippines

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has agreed to expand Medicaid services to the Philippines and other areas outside the United States. The announcement was made by the Governor's Office today that the historic change will happen once the Guam Medicaid program amends its State Plan.

The conditions under which the services may be covered include:

  • Emergency or medically-necessary services are not available on Guam;
  • The out-of-country provider must be the nearest source of care;
  • Foreign providers must be JACHO-certified;
  • Foreign providers must have a signed agreement with the Medicaid agency.

"This was one of our campaign promises and I'm proud we're delivering on it," Governor Calvo said. "Many thanks to the men and women of Public Health for working on this. I am so happy about this news. We are going to keep working to get the best possible medical care to all of our people when they need it."

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