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Sablan committee to examine CNMI’s medical referral program

Committee also wants to hear comments on proposal to transfer program to CHCC

Rep. Christina Sablan (D-Saipan), who chairs the House of the Representatives’ Committee on Health and Welfare, wants to review the Commonwealth’s medical referral program and has scheduled public hearings on Rota, Tinian, and Saipan to examine how the program may be reformed to improve services, streamline costs, and improve accountability.

The committee will receive testimonies from invited government witnesses, and welcomes oral and written comments from the public, including patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, and other community stakeholders.

She said the committee will also accept comments on a proposal to transfer the off-island Medical Referral Program from the Governor’s Office to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

On Rota, the hearing will be at the Antonio C. Atalig Library conference hall in Tatachog on May 6 at 3:30pm. Requested to be present and testify are Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and Rota Health Center director Vanessa Quitugua.

On Tinian, the hearing will be at the Tinian Courthouse on May 10 at 3:30pm. Requested to be present and testify are Tinian Mayor Edwin P. Aldan and Tinian Health Center director Rodney Cabarles.

On Saipan, the hearing will be at the House of Representatives chamber on May 21 at 3:30pm. Sablan said further details for the Saipan hearing will be announced shortly.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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