17 Jul 2009

American Samoa reps call for health insurance cover

9:41 am on 17 July 2009

Five House representatives are calling for the establishment of a commission to investigate the feasbility of a comprehensive health insurance plan for American Samoa.

The commission would look at what could be implemented from the report of the Coverage for All American Samoa Project.

The project, funded with federal grants, studied avenues for group health insurance as a means to adequately finance medical services and facilties for the territory.

The commission is to recommend options for health insurance plans, provide estimated contribution levels for members and suggest funding sources to support such plans.

The commission has 6 months after the effective date of the bill to submit a report to the governor and the Fono.