More on Healthcare
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to welcome the announcement of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant of over $175,000 for the American Samoa Government.
“I appreciate this financial support for American Samoa, particularly for healthcare needs,” Aumua Amata said. “Federal funding enables many efforts that otherwise would be difficult to finance in American Samoa, and health related funding is always welcome.”
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata was privileged to meet late Monday with some of the Samoan and Polynesian community in Alaska, hosted by the Polynesian Association of Alaska, and discuss issues such as access to healthcare on the islands, immigration and visas, as well as the importance of maintaining a strong culture and communities.
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, is pleased to relay that a provision contained in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which will temporarily increase federal coverage of CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) payments will go into effect beginning October 1, 2017. This increase will affect all five insular territories.
Washington, D.C. –Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Natives held an oversight hearing on the status of LBJ hospital. The purpose of the hearing was to examine possible avenues of improvement for both the hospital and the people of American Samoa’s access to quality healthcare.
Washington, D.C. –Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased to announce that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed the eligibility levels of Medicaid qualification in American Samoa from 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to 400% FPL. The change will be effective on October 1, 2017.
Washington, D.C. –Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased to announce that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded American Samoa a grant of $633,967 for cancer prevention and control.
“This grant is vital for the health of American Samoa. Being able to detect cancer early is vitally important in order to fight it,” stated Amata.
Washington, DC –Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, was pleased to announce the awarding of $212,800 in technical assistance funding from the Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs. The funding will be used for three initiatives to improve healthcare on the island.
Washington, DC –Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, was pleased to announce the awarding of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supplemental grant in the amount of $3,031,114 to the American Samoa Department of Health, for the Pacific Basin Health Center Cluster program.
Washington, DC –Thursday, House Republicans today passed HR1628 The American Health Care Act. This is the first step in the Republican plan to fix the American health care system. The passage of this bill does not affect the health care services in American Samoa.
Washington, D.C. –Friday, “Although House leadership has pulled the bill for now it would not have affected American Samoa in the first place,” said Congresswoman Aumua Amata.