Guam – Senators went into special session this afternoon to discuss bill 359 which was changed to bill 1-7s. The measure would partially fund the budgetary shortfalls within the Guam Medicaid program Public Health and the Non-Communicable Disease Consortium.
The bill reprograms and appropriates the sum of $7 million from the tobacco assets backed bonds and the 2001 series b sub accounts. The special session was called at the request of the Governor. According to a letter from the Governor the shortfall to the medicaid program was due to the increasing indigent population. “The cash that is being discussed today is in fact available. it is being held with the trustee for the 2001 tobacco master settlement agreement bonds that guam was a participant as sentor rodriguez mentioned in a lawsuit against the big tobacco companies,” said GEDA’s Lester Carlson. As of the posting of this story lawmakers were still in the committee of the whole and had yet to vote on the bill.