(Hagåtña, Guam) – Responding to the concerns of constituents requiring medical attention off-island, Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson has sought more information from the Guam Medical Referral Assistance Office regarding the acceptance of COVID-19 test results abroad and lodging accommodations for Guam patients.
Vice Speaker Nelson on Wednesday sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Guam Medical Referral Assistance Office, sharing the concerns she received from Guam patients. The Vice Speaker questioned whether there are agreements in place between the Guam office and national and international healthcare partners that regularly receive Guam patients, including in Hawaii, California and the Philippines. Nelson specifically questioned whether these national and international partners would provide clearance from quarantine for Guam patients who show proof of a recent and negative COVID-19 test result. This would allow Guam patients seeking medical attention to have adequate transit time and would accommodate those who must attend strictly scheduled medical appointments.
Constituents also shared concerns with the Vice Speaker about potential challenges with lodging and whether patients transiting from Guam would be granted reasonable accommodations amid the COVID-19 crisis. In response, Vice Speaker Nelson is requesting the following information:
Agreements between the Guam Medical Referral Office and states or countries regarding quarantine procedures for transiting patients from Guam
Procedure for transiting patients from Guam to acquire lodging within a reasonable distance from the medical facilities
“If our people are seeking medical attention off-island, it is because they absolutely need to, and they shouldn’t be further deterred by the current health crisis if they are able to produce a recent and negative test result,” said Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson. “We must do our part to ensure that our people are receiving the medical attention and care they need and with every accommodation they’re entitled to.”
For more information, please contact Tihu Lujan at The Office of Vice Speaker
Telena Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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