GRMC wants to intervene in TakeCare case

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A December trial is being eyed in the case involving TakeCare’s lawsuit against the government of Guam pertaining to GovGuam’s health insurance program. But the case may be delayed as Guam Regional Medical City wants in on the case.

The lawsuit centers around Public Law 35-2, which added a new section to Chapter 4 Title 4 of the Guam Code Annotated, which states: “Beginning with the negotiations for Fiscal Year 2020, the negotiating team shall consider only those companies or legal entitles providing or applying to provide health insurance or the provision of health care to the Government of Guam whose in-network coverage includes all public and private hospitals operating in Guam.”

The only private hospital in Guam is Guam Regional Medical City.

In court, Joyce Tang, who represents GRMC, came forward and while she initially indicated that she was there to just observe the proceeds, she was compelled to speak as GRMC’s next move could impact any trial or briefing schedule set by the court.

Tang told the court that GRMC intends to file a motion to intervene. While GRMC is mentioned in the lawsuit they are not named as parties in the case.

As such, her statement to the court was objected to by TakeCare attorney Louie Yanza, who argued that GRMC has not filed a motion to appear.

Despite the revelation that another player may be entering the lawsuit, the court has decided to set a hearing on Dec. 12 to address two motions to dismiss and a motion for summary judgment.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.