Governor signs executive order transferring $14M to GMH

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Former governor Eddie Baza Calvo (PNC file photo)

Guam – More relief is coming to the Guam Memorial Hospital. Today, Adelup announced that Governor Calvo signed an executive order authorizing $14 million from the Pharmaceutical Fund to go directly toward the ailing hospital.

The governor endorsed Executive Order 2018-11 yesterday authorizing GMH to utilize the pharmaceutical fund as a direct subsidy.

Governor Calvo was given this discretion through the recently passed budget bill. Before the bill’s passage, the pharmaceutical fund, which is funded through a portion of the business privilege tax, was to be used as a Medicaid match. With the executive order now signed, proceeds from the pharmaceutical fund will now go directly to GMH.

Coincidentally, the hospital’s current vendor payable amount is $14.3 million. If GMH were to use the $14 million subsidy from the pharmaceutical fund to pay off their debt, it could put them back in the black.

In a release, Governor Calvo said, “I cannot allow GMH to fail. Regardless of what insurance you carry, whether Medicaid, MIP, or private, without a hospital where would they go? GRMC alone cannot carry the entire island—we’ve always said we need both hospitals to be functioning to accommodate our population.”