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LOOK FORWARD TO DISCUSSING WITH YOU, MR. SECRETARY, WHAT STEPS THE ADMINISTRATION WILL TAKE TO LIMIT THESE COSTS.
hearing with the distinguished witness, Secretary Louis Sullivan, to address the impact of federal health policy on vulnerable
Americans, especially the poor and the elderly.
the aging of America, the time has
to address the
health and long-term care problems of both today's and tomorrow's
I believe that we should make greater investment in
research and treatment for diseases prevalent among the elderly
and develop comprehensive policies for preventive care, home care
and long-term care for the elderly.
I am particularly impressed with Secretary Sullivan, who brings fresh air to the plight and problem of minorities and the elderly population. I commend you, Secretary Sullivan, for making a major initiative tbe Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Outreach
by targeting the communities where needy senior citizens
On Guam you do not have to try very hard to reach the eligible
elderly for the program because they are well aware of what it can
do for them.
I firmly believe that they have just as much right to beceive the benefits as their neighbors in the commonwealth of
Northern Mariana Islands, only forty miles away in the
The irony is that in spite of repeated attempts to extend
benefits to Guam, they have not yet been granted to us.
language in our Guam Commonwealth Bill, H.R. 98.
The federal government raised an objection to the extention of
Guananians died in the Korean War than any other community in the
That's cultural disruption.
There are 71 Guamanian names
engraved on the Vietnam War Memorial, proportionally more than for
шу Territory is indeed culturally disruptive, please, I beg you, disrupt us by treating us as equals.
It is tije for the U.S. to rectify the inequity imposed on the
citizens ?ire those in the rest of the nation.
The poor elder.js
disabled 2... the blind on Guam will truly know that the federal
government cares about their health and well-being just as much as for that of their fellow citizens in other parts of the country
when the SSI benefits are extended to Guam.
PREPARED STATEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE CONSTANCE A. MORELLA
I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO THANK DR. SULLIVAN FOR HIS
ATTENDANCE AT THIS HEARING.
I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING HIS
STATEMENT AND TO HAVING HIM CLARIFY AND DEFINE FOR US THE
Tie JADMINISTRATION'S VIEWS ON THE ROLE OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN HEALTH
CARE OPTIONS FOR "VULNERABLE" POPULATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES.
IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND, ALONE, AN ESTIMATED 12% OF THE
POPULATION IS EITHER UNINSURED OR UNDERINSURED, ACCORDING TO THE
PLANNING AND EVALUATION SECTION OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY HEALTH
THIS DOES NOT EVEN REFLECT THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND
ELDERLY OR ILL INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE "VULNERABLE" DUE TO INABILITY TO
GET TO A CLINIC, OR AT RISK BECAUSE OF INADEQUATE NUTRITION OR POOR
I AM SURE THAT DR.
SULLIVAN WILL SHARE WITH US SOME OF THE
AS I UNDERSTAND), THESE PLANS INCLUDE
ENCOURAGING OPTIONS SUCH AS "MANAGED CARE" AND OTHER ALTERNATIVE
METHODS OF DELIVERING QUALITY HEALTH CARE IN A COST-EFFECTIVE METHOD,
AS HE MENTIONED IN HIS STATEMENT BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND
MEANS ON FEBRUARY 6 OF THIS YEAR.
WE MUST BE SURE THAT IN OUR EFFORTS TO CONTROL SPENDING, WE DO
NOT INADVERTANTLY LEAVE BEHIND THOSE THAT NEED OUR ASSISTANCE THE
ELIGIBLE FOR SUCH PROGRAMS KNOW OF THEIR EXISTENCE AND ARE INDEED