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Medicaid

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Washington, D.C. — Imagine a health care system that serves over 3.5 million U.S. citizens (more than the state of Utah) facing up to an 85 percent cut to its federal funding allocation every few years. This is the case for the five U.S. territories — American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the...
Sandra King-Young, director of the American Samoa Medicaid State Agency
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Medicaid State Agency says the costs of COVID testing in the State of Hawaii will be covered under the AS Medicaid program, for bona fide American Samoa residents requesting to be tested in order to return to American Samoa, according to a press...
Acting Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two more medical charters are now scheduled for this month including one that will be used as a “test flight” bringing in up to 100 passengers, including medical personnel and government officials who will test local preparations when commercial flights between Honolulu...
Sandra King-Young, director of the American Samoa Medicaid State Agency
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With no local matching funds provided by the territorial government, all services provided by the American Samoa Medicaid State Agency, have been suspended for the rest of this fiscal year 2021, and that includes any medical charters, except for the one already set for...
Congresswoman Amata with Frank Pallone
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed passage Wednesday by the full House Energy and Commerce Committee of legislation to establish key Medicaid funding for American Samoa for eight years. The bill next moves on for consideration by the entire House of Representatives....
Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata during virtual committee meeting where she testified
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the need for additional support for American Samoa’s Medicaid program and modernization of LBJ Tropical Medical Center. Amata is an original cosponsor of the Insular Areas Medicaid Parity...
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Washington, D.C. — Next week the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee is set to hold a hearing on territorial Medicaid programs. This policy area is one you’re likely to hear more about as the year progresses because the territories—American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana...
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Washington, D.C. — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, it will be available for free to those depending on Medicaid or Medicare. “It’s important for seniors with services...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is pleased to announce that Governor David Ige of Hawaii is granting passengers from American Samoa, a COVID-free jurisdiction, a waiver for a full quarantine exemption. This means that passengers on the Monday medical charter will not need...
American Samoa Medicaid State Agency director Sandra King-Young
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has the final say if there is to be another medical charter to Hawai’i, as the LBJ Medical Center is pondering over a possible second one due to the increase of patients needing medical attention. This is according to American Samoa Medicaid...

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