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Lawmakers to convene in a Session

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Speaker Judi Won Pat has called for a legislative Session at 9 o'clock this morning. Although her press release did not indicate what is on the agenda. Senator Ben Pangelinan issued a press release that Bill 513 will be discussed. The legislation would change how the government of Guam would procure health insurance. A public hearing was held last week. Calvo's Selectcare testified against the measure.Several other health insurance companies testified in support, but recommended several changes. The Department of Administration also testified in opposition of the legislation. The RFP for the FY3013 health insurance contract was scrapped due to problems with the negotiation process. DOA is working on a new RFP, but in the interim Calvo's Selectcare has agreed to extend the FY2012 contract to ensure continuity of coverage.  During last week's hearing Calvo's Selectcare Plan Administrator Frank Campillo testified that the measure was yet another example of legislative interference. He cited more than one dozen different bills that had been introduced in the last two Legislatures' that he argued did not help but created more burdens on health insurance carriers.

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