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Moylan seeking a study on expanded Medicare coverage in the Philippines

Updated: Feb 23

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Guam Del. James Moylan is preparing to introduce a bill that would direct the U.S. Comptroller General to conduct a study on the feasibility of expanding Medicare coverage for U.S. citizens in the Philippines.

While Medicare currently applies abroad, the coverage is limited.

“There are tens of thousands of U.S. citizens who are either retired or will be retired in the near future, and desire to relocate to the Philippines to enjoy their golden years, and this includes many here in Guam," Moylan said.

"However, there are concerns with the limitations of their Medicare coverage, despite investing in this program for years. Several have shared their concerns since an assurance of reliable health coverage is paramount in their relocation plans,” he added.

If enacted, the Philippine Medicare Portability Study Act would require an assessment of the financial impact of a 10-year program expansion between Jan. 1, 2025, and Dec. 31, 2034. The coverage would include services and prescription medication.

“We are attempting a monumental change to a major federal program, and while we know how important this issue is to many in our community, a study is not only essential, but it is a key vehicle in moving this issue forward,” Moylan said.

The Guam delegate said he is seeking support from representatives from other districts that have constituents who might benefit from Medicare Portability.

"I will work on it with the Philippines Friendship Caucus, which I co-lead, along with other caucuses we are a part of, to ensure we secure as many endorsements as possible," Moylan said.

"Our office is also in discussions with the office of the Philippines Senate president as this will require a collaborative effort, and we look forward to the support of the local government,” he added.

Moylan acknowledged that getting his proposal to move forward might be a long haul.

"We are certain we will face many obstacles along the way, but we need to start somewhere. This measure is the start, and we look forward to the discussions,” he said.


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