We need to maximize the use of federal dollars to help pay the Territory's healthcare cost. Now that we are receiving hundreds of millions more dollars in Medicaid funding, we need to aggressively expand the Medicaid roles, especially since Congress has waived the territory’s local match for the next two years.
We need to guarantee that our hospitals, Cardiac Center and Cancer Center remain operating in the territory, so our people can receive these much needed specialty services. Because the local government is challenged to sufficiently fund these institutions, we must consider legislation for public/private partnerships with the government retaining at least 51% ownership. This will allow well known medical providers like Cancer Treatments Centers of America, the Hospital Corporation of America, or the Loma Linda Heart Institute to develop joint ventures with our local facilities. These partnerships will bring greatly needed financial resources and personnel to help shore up our healthcare institution. With these national reputable companies on board, the VI will be better poised to capitalize on the medical tourism market.
I support increased funding for mental health and will work to ensure that it is a fully funded entity. In the short term I will work for adequate funding to hire case managers that connect individuals with the right services and to create an effective transitional program for individuals with mental illness. In the long term, I will work for funding to create a multi-tiered system of care to include day treatment centers, outpatient services, and recovery residential programs.