Pangelinan Calls on BBMR, DOA to Release Funding for Medicare Premium Reimbursements to GovGuam Retirees


Guam – Senator Ben Pangelinan is calling on the Bureau of Budget and Management Resources and the Department of Administration to release of $157,884 to reimburse reliable GovGuam retirees for the cost of their Medicare premiums. 

In a release, Senator Pangelinan says that his office has received ” numerous calls” from GovGuam retirees complaining that BBMR has told them no money is available.

However in a release, Pangelinan says  that is “incorrect.”

In his letters to both BBMR Director John Rios and DOA Director Benita Manglona, the Senator notes that Public Law 32-68 includes an amendment to the FY13 Budget Act which provides the additional $157,884 for retiree Medicare premiums.

READ Senator Pangelinan’s letter to BBMR Director John Rios HERE

READ Senator Pangelinan’s letter to DOA Director Benita Manglona HERE

READ the release from Senator Pangelinan below:


FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE (September 23, 2013 – Hagåtña, GU) – Senator Vicente “ben” C. Pangelinan (D), Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, Public Debt, Retirement, Legal Affairs, Public Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation, and Land has written letters to John Rios, Director of Bureau of Budget Management Research (BBMR), and Benita Manglona, Director of Department of Administration (DOA), urging the release of $157,884 to the Government of Guam Retirement Fund to reimburse eligible GovGuam retirees for cost of Medicare premiums.

“Our office has received numerous calls from GovGuam retirees who have been told that the Retirement Fund was notified by BBMR that there is no money to pay these reimbursements for their Medicare premiums. This information is incorrect, and I have been working closely with Retirement Fund to ensure that these payments are made. In my letter, I also reminded BBMR and DOA that Public Law 32-68 includes an amendment to the FY13 Budget Act, which provides an additional $157,884 to the total appropriation for our retirees’ Medicare premiums for Fiscal Year 2013,”Pangelinan explained.

“I have asked that BBMR and DOA work together to expeditiously remit $157,884 to the Retirement Fund so they can begin processing Medicare reimbursements to our GovGuam retirees.”