Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., the Chairman of the Committee on Health spoke to the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association yesterday on his upcoming health care plan “Para Todu.”
Guam – Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., the Chairman of the Committee on Health spoke to the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association yesterday on his upcoming health care plan “Para Todu.”
According to Rodriguez, the health care proposal will provide employer sponsored insurance that is intended to expand coverage to the estimated 30,000 uninsured individuals on Guam.
“What we’re doing now prior to the introduction of legislation which is forthcoming, is speaking to the business community because they’re gonna be a big partner in this effort and to get them to understand number one the importance of our people having access to health insurance and number two, helping me to get our community to understand the shifting of our resources,” said the lawmaker.
The lawmaker says taxpayers are currently paying for those that don’t have health insurance which is why he hopes to cover the uninsured in preventive or primary care through employers. This can only be accomplished he says, with the support from the business community.
“I’m working with the business community and giving those bits and pieces, we’ve had it out there for them to review. Right now, businesses can deduct from their expenses whatever cost it is to pay for health insurance cost for their employees and that’s a 100% to deductible. So, we’re looking at giving them a little bit more. We wanna reserve this type of incentive for the real small business owners who would be greatly impacted,” he said.
Senator Rodriguez says he plans to introduce legislation for “Para Todu” by April.