Governor attends WGA meeting in Colorado, lobbies for Medicaid parity and Guam war claims

Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, center, with other governors attending the WGA meeting in Vail, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Governor's Office.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero is in Vail, Colorado attending the Western Governors Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting from June 10-13.

While there, the governor had a chance to directly address Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and asked for his continued assistance to work with the Department of Health and Human Services in bringing parity to Guam’s Medicaid program that is being applied to other states and the District of Columbia.

Currently, Guam has a statutory Federal Medicaid Assistance percentage match of 55 percent federal to 45 percent local.

“I had the direct opportunity to raise the FMAP disparity with Interior Secretary Bernhardt, who, in turn, committed that Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Doug Domenech will continue to work with the Department of Health and Human Services in resolving this concern,” the governor stated in a news release sent by Adelup.

“While I also have Secretary Bernhardt’s attention, I’m also committed to leveraging the support of my WGA colleagues in furthering our administration’s efforts to pay Guam War Claims by working closely with the Interior, Treasury, and Justice Departments as well as our local leaders,” the governor added.

The Western Governors’ Association is a non-partisan organization comprised of 22 governors of the states and territories in the western region of the nation.