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.