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Public Health discusses challenges with Guam Medicaid

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 by Isa Baza

Guam - The Department of Public Health went before lawmakers this morning to give an overview of the Guam Medicaid program. Director James Gillan told the Committee on Health there are several challenges that exist with the program from funding to private providers not accepting Medicaid patients.

"This will never end, we're projecting shortfalls until we really fix the system and we really want to encourage public private partnerships in this as much as possible because public health is not equipped to do a lot of this, nor should they and it should be more in the private sector," he said. "We have mandates at Public Health that are core public health mandates and those have to be taken care of, but providing routine medical care should be public private partnership."

He further told lawmakers Medicaid is not easy to deal with in terms of different ratios for matching and the types of categories outlined for individuals who are eligible for the program.
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