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The U.S. Representative for Northern Mariana Islands's At large district, serving since 2009.
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Choice continued for vets health
Intense negotiations between House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees have yielded a $2.1 billion, 6-month extension of the popular Veterans Choice program. The House passed the bill, S. 114, unanimously. This is good news for Marianas veterans. We are the only U.S. jurisdiction without a VA medical clinic or dedicated VA doctor or mental health professional. We have a physician contracted by the VA on a part-time basis, but she cannot take on any more veteran patients. The Choice program allows Marianas veterans to get health care from other private providers, rather than fly to VA facilities on Guam or Hawai’i. I was one of the Members who identified and spoke up about the problem of access to service for veterans in remote and rural areas of America; and it was that advocacy by Members from underserved areas that led to the creation of Choice in the first place. But the ultimate goal is a full-time, fully staffed and equipped VA clinic in the Northern Marianas. Until then,

In this issue: $11.5M for PSS — new law kicks in Post-9/11 GI bill expanded Choice continued for vets health Choice workshops set for vets, docs House funds VA clinic study Navy issues notice of intent Welcome, Ambassador Susaia Hearing: Insular area health care Congressional App Challenge opens Protecting Dreamers Tinian intern: Odorico San Nicolas Visitors: Young Family OPPORTUNITIES LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS __________________________________________________________________________ $11.5M for PSS — new law kicks in Marianas schools get $11.5 million in federal Title IA school funds thanks to the new allocation formula I included in the Every Student Succeeds Act, going into effect this month. That is $4.1 million more than last year. PSS plans to use the new money to increase school-to-work training opportunities for students, put more computers into schools, and expand wellness and physical education programs. Teachers will get additional training in how to get st

US Senate okays more CW permits
Marianas Variety — WASHINGTON D.C. (Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) - The U.S. Senate approved by unanimous consent U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan’s bill making more CW foreign worker permits available for fiscal year 2017. H.R. 339 also puts more money into the fund for training U.S. workers for jobs in the Marianas economy. And the measure bars future use of CW permits for temporary construction workers. The recent surge of construction workers, using CW permits, forced hospital nurses to leave the Marianas and many local businesses to lose their long-time foreign workers. Sablan’s legislation was amended in the Senate, and so now returns to the House for final approval before going to the president for signature. The bill previously passed the House without dissent. As amended, the bill sets aside at least 60 new permits for healthcare workers to address the needs of the commonwealth hospital and private medical clinics. Another 10 permits are reser

CHCC to get $735K to prevent youth suicide
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan announced today that the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation will receive $735,699 in federal funds for programs to prevent youth suicide. “Congratulations to CHCC for successfully competing for this discretionary grant,” Congressman Sablan said. “Because of that successful effort the lives of at-risk young people in the Marianas may be saved.” The five-year grant, awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is intended to help turn around the lives of young people affected by alcohol and drug addictions. CHCC is one of about 800 state and local governments, hospitals, universities and colleges, and nonprofit groups expected to get the suicide prevention grant this year. The award does not require a match from the Commonwealth government. Congress provided funding for the program in Public Law 115-31, enacted on May 5 of this year. -30-

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