Governor assures MIP won’t fail

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has assured that her administration will never allow the island’s Medically Indigent Program to fail.

The governor was reacting to Senator Therese Terlaje’s statement that Guam’s MIP is severely underfunded and may fail.

For the Medically Indigent Program in fiscal year 2019, Terlaje said the Legislature only appropriated $10,452,766 from the general fund to the MIP program and will need extra funding through the end of the FY 2019.

“MIP only has about $400,000 left but has more than $3 million in claims that need to be processed for FY 2019. For FY 2020, the agency is only requesting $612,197 for MIP, even though the estimated liability is projected to be $15 million,” Terlaje said in a news release.

But in an interview with the Patti Arroyo show on K-57, the governor said Adelup will make sure that MIP is taken care of.

“My understanding is that every year Public Health has lapses. So we will look at that and put those lapses back into MIP,” the governor said.