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First check cut for urgent care

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - It's official. After months of waiting, the first check has been cut for an urgent care facility for the Guam Memorial Hospital.

"We've already cut the first check to GMH and it is for $60,000 - that's 60% of the proceeds for the gaming tax," said Department of Administration director Benita Manglona. This good news comes from the director, who says the agency continues to work on collections for August and September that have been reconciled with the Department of Revenue & Taxation.

"Once that process is completed we'll remit the remaining collections and hopefully it will be smoother as we go along," she said.

As we've been reporting, this revenue is a result of Public Law 32-60, formerly the highly controversial Bill 19.

The law collects taxes and license fees from Guam gaming activities and uses the funds collected to fund sports facilities and activities throughout villages as well as helps to operate an urgent care facility at the hospital.

With the check cut and funds finally rolling in since the bill's lapse into law back in July, committee chair on healthcare and co-author of the legislation Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. reminds that the revenues alone are not enough to fund the up and coming urgent care facility, but more of a subsidy.

He tells KUAM News he's glad that we've finally begun to realize the funds, but also reminds that there's plenty of work ahead, including monitoring the flow of cash closely to ensure collections are accurate.

Meanwhile, also established through Public Law 32-60, the Urgent Care Planning Committee is set to meet tomorrow to finalize plans for the new facility.

The law requires the committee to submit the plan by January. Meeting bi-weekly, the committee recently voted to make the urgent care a separate entity from the emergency room.

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