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Medicaid Office clarifies how LBJ gets its money

And - it’s reimbursement of allowable expenses, not payments
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The new methodology used to calculate how much LBJ Medical Center receives in Medicaid money, was implemented more than two years ago, says local Medicaid Office director Sandra King-Young, who believes that there is a misunderstanding on the hospital’s part of how they are entitled to “additional Medicaid” funds, available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare.
 



U.S. House passes Amata’s American Samoa Banking Bill

Source: Media releases from Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. — “I could not be more pleased with the passage of H.R 1367, which will eliminate the 30-day hold on off- island checks,” said Congresswoman Aumua Amata. “Upon passage in the Senate and the signing by the President; beginning in January, our islands will be in compliance with the federal standard of six days for the release of funds from off-island.
 



Mausaili tulafono mo le tuuga fautasi o le sisiga fu’a

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O le fonotaga mulimuli a le Komiti o le Tu’uga Fautasi atoa ai ma Kapeteni o Sa e iva ua lautogia mo Faigamea i le Tai o le fu’a i lenei tausaga, lea na usuia i le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa i le taeao ananafi, e le gata ua fa’amautu uma ai vaega e moomia le fa’aleleia a o le i o o atu i le aso o le tuuga, ae ua manino mai ai fo’i le mausaili o tulafono ua manatu le komiti e lima ta’ita’iina ai le tuuga o lenei tausaga.



Poly Air wants ASG subsidy in order to fly to Ofu

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Port Director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele says the American Samoa Government does not have the money for a subsidy to guarantee seats on Polynesian Airlines to fly to Ofu, Manu’a. Currently, the airline only flies to Fitiuta, and passengers traveling onwards to Ofu must catch the government ferry, the Segaula.
 
The Port director told Samoa News yesterday that the issue of the subsidy came up, when she asked Poly to fly directly to Ofu and then to Fitiuta.
 



Atugalu Senatoa i le fa’aiuga ali’i kovana fa’asaga ia Satele

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O le vaiaso na te’a nei na fa’ailoa ai e ni isi o afioga i Senatoa o latou “atugaluga”, e fa’atatau i le mataupu lea ua fa’ate’a ai e le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga, le afioga i le Alo o Salamasina mai le tofiga o le Failautusi o le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa, le afioga Satele Galu Satele.
 



2Samoas Trade Fair & Fashion Show Gala starts today

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While separated by only a 35-minute flight, it is very rare that the business community from independent Samoa and Tutuila get together to brainstorm, check out each other’s goods and services, and talk about ways to improve trade between the two islands and beyond.



It starts today! Flag Day Week activities

Click on the KVZK logo to see live streaming of Flag Day activities
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This Friday, April 17, 2015, American Samoa will celebrate Flag Day with special activities that include honorable mention for our men and women - both past and present - in the US Armed Services.
 



Sanctioned attorney link draws fire

Attorney disputes statements in Monterey Herald article

The following are excerpts from a statement received by Samoa News regarding the article we linked to in the Monterey Herald. It points out what Mr. Richard deSaulles, the subject of the article, believes are erroneous statements.

The following information printed is false and demands an immediate retraction and/or correction, he wrote in an email to both the Monterey Herald and Samoa News.

1. "a Monterey attorney was slapped with a $20,000 fine for allegedly fabricating evidence and dire errors in a 2012 case he lost"



Samoan funerals crippling grieving NZ families

Bereaved families in the Samoan community are facing severe financial stress dealing with expensive funeral obligations, new reseach says.
Expensive gift giving at Samoan funerals is an important cultural tribute, but honouring the deceased means funerals can cost up to five or six times more than the average Kiwi farewell.
New research shows the practice is becoming increasingly more elaborate and extravagant, and there are calls for the more expensive gift giving practices to be pulled back.



Majestic Blue Fisheries liable in death of captain

Over $3.2MIL awarded to widow in federal court
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The federal court in Guam has handed down a judgement of more than $3 million against Majestic Blue Fisheries LLC., a U.S. based company which has been claimed in court documents as a subsidiary of South Korean based Dongwon Industries — which is the owner of StarKist Co., and StarKist Samoa cannery.
 
The decision on Monday followed a five-day jury trial, presided over by U.S. Magistrate Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan, who certified the jury’s verdict of a total judgement of just over $3.2 million.
 



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