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Governor Opts for Non-Exclusive Health Insurance Option

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Based on a recommendation by Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio, Governor Eddie Calvo has decided to allow choice in carriers for government of Guam employees and retirees. Governor's Legal Counsel Sandra Miller informed Department of Administration Acting Director Tony Blaz of the Governor's decision to opt for the Non-Exclusive Heath Insurance option in a letter sent today. She further asked that Blaz ensure the Health Insurance Negotiating Team is duly advised of the Governor's selection.

The Governor's decision on the Non-Exclusive Health Insurance option follows a letter earlier today by Lt. Governor Tenorio in which he stated he received the negotiating team's options for GovGuam insurance carriers for the Governor to choose. "In reviewing the options available, I must first praise the work of the negotiating team," Tenorio wrote. "They managed to negotiate a multiple carrier scenario that substantially is cheaper than the rates we're paying now under the sole provider." he added.

The Lt. Governor also indicated in his letter to Calvo that the negotiating team was also able to secure more benefits for GovGuam employees and retirees. Tenorio wrote "the benefits will be the same for any insurance carrier you choose to provide coverage to the employees and retirees. The only real variables for deciding between an exclusive provider or allowing employees and retirees to choose among multiple carriers are choice, reliability, and cost."

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