GovGuam Gets $1.1M Grant from Medicare Services to Review Health Insurance Premiums

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Guam – The Centers for Medicare Services has awarded $1.1 million to GovGuam to review health insurance premiums on the island.

Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo’s office says the funds were awarded through a Grants to States program and funded by the Affordable Care Act.  

The money will help Guam improve its health insurance rate review and reporting processes.  

In addition, the Congresswoman announced that the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention has awarded $109-thousand dollars to the Guam Department of Public Health for preventive health services.  This is a block grant that can be used to develop programs that address unique public health needs and challenges on island.

Congresswoman Bordallo is quoted in the release as saying the grants “will assist GovGuam in better assessing the need and rationale for rate increases on our island and will help Public Health better serve our community.”

The full release is printed below:

$1.1 Million Awarded to Support Public Health Needs on Guam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2011 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced the release of $1.1 million in federal grant assistance to the Government of Guam.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) awarded $1 million to GovGuam to review health insurance premiums on the island.  The funds were awarded through the “Grants to States for Health Insurance Premiums Review-Cycle I” program, which was authorized and funded by section 2794 of the Affordable Care Act.  Funds will be provided to help Guam improve its health insurance rate review and reporting process.  

Additionally, the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion awarded $109,273 to the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services for preventive health services.  The block grant can be used to develop programs that address unique public health needs and challenges on Guam.

“These grants demonstrate the continued investment President Obama’s administration is making in our nation’s health care system,” said Congresswoman Bordallo.  “They will assist GovGuam in better assessing the need and rationale for rate increases on our island and will help Public Health better serve our community.”