CHCC pays CUC $2.5M

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Posted on Aug 13 2020

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Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. chief executive officer Esther Muna confirmed that CHCC has already paid half of $2.5 million to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. last July 31 and that CHCC’s board of trustees have asked her to set up a meeting with CUC executive director Gary Camacho to discuss other payment arrangements.

“Our [CHCC] board of trustees requested the CUC board that the executive director and I meet. I am waiting for their approval for Gary to meet with us and, we’re just waiting for that so that we can discuss other payment arrangements,” said Muña.

As for CUC’s recommendation that the hospital be disconnected for six hours if they don’t pay the $5 million, that is still up in the air, Muña said, but that they’ve already written to the CUC board and have yet to receive CUC’s response.

CUC has given CHCC an ultimatum to pay at least $5 million of the money it owes and CHCC has already paid $2.5 million since receiving the money from the Torres administration.

“We met the $2.5 million. The governor did transfer the money, and we paid that as soon as we received it,” said Muna. CHCC has another $2.5 million to go, which will be discussed with Camacho.

Last Nov. 13, Camacho stated that they reached out to CHCC about their utility bill that has now accumulated to $32 million. At the time, Camacho advised CHCC to pay at least $400,000 per month.

As of today, CHCC owes nearly $36 million that keeps growing by about $400,000 per month, according to CUC.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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