WASHINGTON, D.C.—Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU) released the following statement yesterday regarding a meeting of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas.
"Today’s meeting of the IGIA provided the territories with a venue to raise many of our issues directly with federal officials. I appreciate the administration’s continued commitment to the President’s rebalance strategy to the Asia-Pacific region and their support for war claims and the realignment of Marines from Okinawa. Additionally, I continued to urge the Department of the Interior to develop guidance for the affected jurisdictions to account for the true costs of Compact-impact and asked for their support for innovative ways to offset the impact of compact migrants on our jurisdictions.
"I also reiterated my concerns regarding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Guam. While I remain supportive of the patient protections in the ACA, I am concerned that certain aspects of the law may increase insurance rates and make insurance coverage unattainable for many on Guam, which is contrary to the intent of the legislation. I encourage HHS, the Government of Guam, and local stakeholders to work together to find creative solutions to ensuring the intent of health reform is realized in the territories.
"I look forward to building on the discussions at today’s meeting and working with our federal partners to resolve many of our issues over the coming year." (PR)