Governor Suggests Pangelinan Does Not Understand TakeCare Issue

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Guam – Governor Calvo has issued a statement suggesting that Senator Pangelinan does not understand the TakeCare issue.

His statement was issued in response to the Senator’s suggestion that the GMH Board may have terminated TakeCare’s contract to influence the federal government’s choice of  health care providers.

In his response the Governor explained that the issue was not about TakeCare’s payment practices, but their high rate of denial of coverage to their patients.

“Fortunately GMH worked with TakeCare and TakeCare agreed to adjust their standards so that the rate of denial wouldn’t be so high.”

The Governor said that Senator Pangelinan’s suggestions seem “to be another malicious attack on the administration, but one that’s really negative, even for the budget chairman’s standards.”

And he concludes by asking residents to pray for Senator Pangelinan, saying “I feel bad for him.”

READ the Governor’s response in FULL below:

“Sen. Pangelinan unfortunately may not understand this issue. We actually resolved this with TakeCare months ago. The issue wasn’t about their payment practices. GMH was going to cancel services with TakeCare for their high rate of denial of coverage to their patients. All of you covered this months ago rather well. A financial audit won’t show that. But, fortunately, GMH worked with TakeCare and TakeCare agreed to adjust their standards so that the rate of denial wouldn’t be so high. This was months ago, and that issue has long since passed.

This seems to be another malicious attack on the administration, but one that’s really negative, even for the budget chairman’s standards. I think people are tired of all this negativity. I’m praying for Sen. Pangelinan that he can be more positive, and I ask everyone to pray for him as well. I feel bad for him.”