Open enrollment for GovGuam health insurance set to start next week

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Department of Administration director Edward Birn says the government saved some money last year on their contract with Aetna since retirees were moved to a different plan. (PNC file photo)

Open enrollment for GovGuam’s health insurance is tracking to start next week.

Government employees will be able to make changes to their coverage with Aetna which is still the single-provider for GovGuam.

Department of Administration director Edward Birn says the government saved some money last year on their contract with Aetna since retirees were moved to a different plan. So instead of the forecasted $111 million, GovGuam paid out around $105 million for health insurance.

But Birn says with increasing medical costs, this year’s contract with Aetna is around 11% higher.

“You probably saw that for instance, GMH increased their fees, so those fees have to be paid. Of course, we’re [also] having to deal with COVID-19 costs. And Aetna has been covering testing, once it’s been approved by a physician for all the GovGuam employees who made a claim,” Birn said.

In June, the Legislature passed a bill that gave GovGuam workers a choice of insurance providers.

The Governor signed the bill into law, however, it won’t take effect until fiscal year 2022.

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