Guam - It was over a week ago when
Committee of Health chairman Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. held his second
roundtable meeting on the Patient Protection Affordability Care Act. The
meeting was called after the Attorney General's Office responded to questions
over Obamacare's impact to Guam, in which they responded by saying the
applicability could have serious financial ramifications locally.
Rodriguez says the next step is
whether to use a million-dollar grant to help determine the viability of
setting up a health insurance exchange. He said, "One problem that Guam had is
that if we don't set up an exchange and we use it, we'll have to pay it back,
so we talked about having the government, the Administration seek revision to
those terms from HSS, and so we're waiting for that if they go out and seek
that request to revise it."
Rodriguez adds Congresswoman
Madeleine Bordallo has agreed to send some guidance and work with local
stakeholders to see what needs to be amended in Obamacare relative to impacts