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First public hearing of 2015 held

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - After introducing nearly two dozen bills so far, lawmakers started their first public hearing of the year this morning. Among the handful of bills heard include Bill 13 related to the Government of Guam health insurance contract and its negotiating team. The measure would not only add two new voting members from GMH and Public Health but removes the requirement to solicit for a non-exclusive contract. The Judiciary of Guam's court controller Chris Budasi spoke in his private capacity against the bill having been involved in the voting process since 2010.

"Changing the current statute to eliminate the solicitation of an exclusive proposal will indefinitely prevent the government from the opportunity to realize significantly more savings than an non-exclusive program," he explained.

Budasi says in the last two years, the Government of Guam was able to negotiate an exclusive contract with multi-millions of dollars in projected savings. The bill further proposes to change the contract to a two-year term.
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