Health Committee's annual health insurance survey now available for gov't employees, retirees and dependents

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Health Committee's annual health insurance survey now available for gov't employees, retirees and dependents

by: Office of Senator Rodriguez | .
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published: July 17, 2014

Tamuning, Guam-- Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman of the Legislature’s Committee on Health and Human Services and Health Insurance Reform, is announcing that the FY-2015 Guam Group Health Policy survey for government of Guam workers, dependents, and retirees who are interested in health insurance coverage issues is now available online.

GovGuam employees can go to www.toduguam.com and click on the survey tab to weigh-in with their input on their coverage plan, selaction preferences, desired schedule of benefits, and costs related issues.  The survey is also available at the Office of Senator Rodriguez, and other accommodations can be made for individuals who wish to participate in the survey.

“This is a great opportunity for employees, retirees and dependents to make their voices heard, and be a part of the insurance plan design and negotiation process,” Senator Rodriguez says.

The data collected via the survey will help guide Sen. Rodriguez in representing employees, retirees, and dependents during the upcoming negotiations with vendors competing to provide group health coverage to the government of Guam.

Under the law, and for the second consecutive year, it is possible that government employees and retirees will again be able to choose from among up to three (3) or more companies for their health insurance coverage;  should the GovGuam Insurance Negotiating Team, after its analysis of all proposals received, determine a non-exclusive contract for group health insurance is the best option for employees, retirees and their dependents.

Or, should an Exclucsive offer be determined to be the most fesiable, in that it can provide the best schedule of benefits versus the cost to be incurrend by the employee, then it is imperitive that the scope of the schedule of benefits include the coverage most desired by the employee, and that it be aggressively sought at the best, and fairest, price possible.

The 18 question survey is easily and quickly completed, and includes a space for “Additional Comments”. And, it is important to note, your answers will remain completely anonymous.  As in the past, Senator Rodriguez will again share the results with the members of the Government Of Guam Health Insurance Negotiating Team for their consideration, and thereby help to further ensure your concerns and interests are included.

“Group health coverage is more than a benefit.  Under our government’s system, it is the means by which individuals and families access quality, affordable healthcare,” says Rodriguez, “and in that regard, it is crucial they have a voice in the process.”  Input from past surveys has resulted in the Senator successfully including benefits and provisions that increase the overall value of the plan, without any additional cost to all taxpayers.  This survey is also an opportunity for you to state your position on how we even conduct the health insurance solicitation process, and help lawmwkers and negotiating team members better determine what changes or refinements, if any, would result in the best possible process.

The survey is now available online, and the closing date for participating is July 29, 2014.

For additional information please contact the Office of Senator Rodriguez at 649-8638/0511 or senatordrodriguez@gmail.com.

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