Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services Postpones Thursday’s Hearing

St. Croix--The Committee on Health, Hospital and Human Services scheduled public hearing slated for Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Conference Room, St. Croix, has been postponed at the request of the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services, Felecia Blyden.

The Committee, chaired by the Vice-President of the 32nd Legislature, Senator Nereida Rivera O’Reilly, had hoped to receive testimony pertaining to the Medical Assistance Program (MAP), federal grants, and lease agreements. The hearing will be re-scheduled.

Roundtable Discussion Organized by Senator Rivera-O’Reilly Addresses Impact of the American Health Care Act

St. Croix--Senator Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly, Senate Vice President and Chairwoman of the Committee on Health, Hospitals, and Human Services, held a roundtable discussion on Monday morning, March 13, 2017 at the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center to discuss the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and its potential impact on the territory’s health care system. If passed, the American Health Care Act would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the ACA, the territory benefited from an expansion in Medicaid services, allowing access to health care for uninsured pregnant women as well as childless adults. A repeal of the ACA would place the territory at risk of losing funding, thereby increasing the uninsured population and uncompensated care levels.

WAPA GIVES UPDATE ON BASE RATE

St. Croix--The Committee on Government Affairs, Veterans, Energy and Environmental Protection, chaired by Senator Sammuel Sanes, met on Friday in the Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Conference Room, St. Croix.