Guam - After passing down party lines yesterday, Bill 513 has been transmitted to the Governor's Office awaiting his action. Bill 513 is an act to provide health insurance to GovGuam employees and retirees for Fiscal Year 2013 and aims to reduce health insurance costs and allows employees and retirees the opportunity to choose for themselves who their health insurance coverage will be provided by.
According to the governor's deputy press secretary Phillip Leon Guerrero, the bill is under review by the governor's legal and fiscal team. "The governor wants this process to be thoughtful, wants it to be deliberate and wants to make sure that there's no meddlesome language in this bill because we've been seeing that a lot of the measures that the legislature has been passing recently does have language that meddle a lot with appropriations and a lot of the laws," he said.
The Republicans voted against the measure with some, saying they didn't think it was wise to change the process while it was still ongoing. Meanwhile, during the bill's public hearing, Calvo's Selectcare and the Department of Administration testified against the measure whereas other health insurance companies testified in support but recommended several changes.
The AG's Office testified that it needed more time to review it.