GovGuam to restart health insurance selection process

TAKECARE: TakeCare's FHP Clinic in Tamuning is shown in this file photo. TakeCare has agreed to drop its protest over the government of Guam health insurance procurement for the 2019 budget year after GovGuam agreed to restart the process. Post file photo

The government of Guam process to select a health insurance provider for the 2019 budget year will have to start over.

In an agreement signed Monday, the GovGuam negotiating team agreed to cancel the current request for proposals following a protest filed by TakeCare Insurance. In the agreement, TakeCare agreed to drop its protest, which was filed with the Office of Public Accountability.

The provider said it would dismiss its protest after the government agreed to restart the GovGuam health insurance procurement process.

TakeCare filed a protest over the specifications for the 2019 health insurance request for proposals because it required health insurance providers to include Guam Regional Medical City in its network.

The unresolved selection of GovGuam's health insurance provider has prompted Edward Birn, the director of the Department of Administration, to seek an extension of the current health insurance coverage for up to 12 months beyond the Oct. 1, 2018, expiration date.

SelectCare and TakeCare are the only two remaining providers of health insurance for GovGuam employees and retirees after NetCare pulled out, citing GovGuam's failure to timely pay the premiums owed to the insurer.

David Mair, the attorney for TakeCare, and Assistant Attorney General Shannon Taitano signed the agreement for the dismissal of the protest.