by Krystal Paco
Guam - It was earlier this week when the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Hawaii has no constitutional obligation to fill a gap left in 1996 when Congress cut health care funding for migrants under the Compacts of Free Association. According to Public Health director James Gillan, for now he doesn't foresee any major impact here on Guam.
"If we purely had to make a financial decision, we might find some footing to do this but I know what the governor's stance is on this and I think our stance is look, if we don't cover or at least find the funds for some things, people will still wind up at the Guam Memorial Hospital, still wind up at Public Health, and there would be no payment and I think from a humanitarian standpoint, you can't just tell people that there's no coverage because they're different category of people," he told KUAM News.
Gillan adds he doesn't see the ruling affecting any FAS citizen living on Guam nor would there be any change in the MIP program.