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Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata during virtual committee meeting where she testified
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the need for additional support for American Samoa’s Medicaid program and modernization of LBJ Tropical Medical Center. Amata is an original cosponsor of the Insular Areas Medicaid Parity...
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Washington, D.C. — Next week the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee is set to hold a hearing on territorial Medicaid programs. This policy area is one you’re likely to hear more about as the year progresses because the territories—American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana...
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Washington, D.C. — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, it will be available for free to those depending on Medicaid or Medicare. “It’s important for seniors with services...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is pleased to announce that Governor David Ige of Hawaii is granting passengers from American Samoa, a COVID-free jurisdiction, a waiver for a full quarantine exemption. This means that passengers on the Monday medical charter will not need...
American Samoa Medicaid State Agency director Sandra King-Young
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has the final say if there is to be another medical charter to Hawai’i, as the LBJ Medical Center is pondering over a possible second one due to the increase of patients needing medical attention. This is according to American Samoa Medicaid...
Rendering of the proposed new fono building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Several faipule asked representatives from the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) during a hearing this week to hurry up with the installation of street lights around the island — before the Nov. 3 elections. Two ASPA representatives appeared before the House...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The legalisation of medicinal marijuana has been put forward as a way to release Medicaid funding for American Samoa. Until a source of local funding ca be found, the $US84 million the US Congress approved for the territory cannot be used. American Samoa has to come up...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A reader inquired of Samoa News: “Would you be able to provide more information on the Medical Referral program? The article from Monday, April 27, 2020 confirms that the program is still sending patients from the territory to New Zealand. New Zealand… accepts them and...
Dear Editor, “Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt hi name together” - Psalms 34:3 This is someone’s thankful heart for God’s presence with us, everywhere we go. My name is Laaloi Fulu Lili’o from Fagasa. It was early last year that I noticed that the beauty of our country was not very...
Dear Honorable Governor of American Samoa,  It has been a week since my husband and I returned from [participating] in the Medicaid Program. We went to New Zealand to have cataract surgery after being referred from our local eye doctors for off island surgery. The process was referred by our local...

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