Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo issued a statement in response to Governor Eddie Calvo’s concerns that Guam can’t afford a subsidized insurance exchange under Obamacare. The Governor has said it would cost GovGuam at least $75-million dollars.
Bordallo says she wrote Calvo about being more “creative” in seeking federal reimbursements for compact migrants under Medicaid, and she encouraged him to use coverage for children and pregnant women under the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The Congresswoman also pointed out, that the territories can opt out of the exchanges if it’s “in their interests to do so.”
Bordallo stressed that Guam’s Medicaid funding will rise to $268-million through 2019 under the Affordable Care Act, but that would have a 45-percent local match, a burden Bordallo says she “understands.”
READ Congresswoman Bordallo’s statement in FULL below:
“Healthcare reform is good for the people of Guam.”
“It provides critical patient protections like ensuring those with pre-existing conditions have coverage and children up to the age of 26 can remain on their parents’ health insurance plans. This legislation is not perfect but it does increase Guam’s Medicaid funding to $268.3 million through 2019.”
“Although the federal match was slightly increased, I understand the burden only a 55 percent match could pose for the local government. As such, I wrote to Governor Calvo about being more creative and innovative in how to seek federal reimbursements for compact migrants under the Medicaid program.”
“Further, I have encouraged the Governor to utilize certain coverage for children and pregnant women under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. This will help to increase federal assistance for healthcare on Guam. Additionally, it is important to note that the territories can opt out of the exchanges if it is in their interests to do so.”