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Governor: CHCC to get $8.2M Medicaid reimbursement

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. will receive $8.249 million in Medicaid reimbursement, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said.

His administration earlier asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reassess the amount paid to CHCC, he added.

He said it turned out that CHCC was underpaid from 2012 to 2015.

The CNMI received $100 million in supplemental Medicaid funds under the Affordable Care Act.

Every year, CHCC received an interim payment — an advance payment for healthcare — with HHS reconciling the figures by the end of the year.

The governor said he wrote to U.S. Department of Health Secretary Alex Azar to “let him know that we have exhausted the [supplemental] Medicaid funds that we have.”

The reassessment for the period from 2012 to 2015 was completed in February, and it was found out that CHCC was underpaid by over $8 million, Torres said.

This amount “will soon be available to the CNMI for our Medicaid program,” he added.

“Special thanks to Secretary Azar, HHS, [the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] CHCC, our Medicaid office and our partners in D.C. for helping us get this done for our Medicaid beneficiaries and our other medically indigent individuals,” the governor said.

For her part, CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna thanked the governor and U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan “for continuously advocating for Medicaid reimbursement for CHCC.”

She added, “CHCC also thanks CNMI Medicaid Director Helen Sablan and her staff as well as the federal Medicaid offices in San Francisco and Maryland for working vigorously, along with our CHCC staff, to finalize the reconciliation of payment due to CHCC for years 2012 to 2015.”