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U.S. Capitol. (NBC News image)

House Passes Spending Bill With V.I. Medicaid Money

Medicaid funding for the USVI appears safe now that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2020 federal government funding bill including the money. The Senate is expected to pass it and President Donald Trump has indicated he will sign it.
Sen. Allison Degazon (D-STT) questions Callwood and O'Neal at Tuesday's Finance Committee hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Senate Panel OKs Bill on Exploitation of Seniors

People who take advantage of seniors unable to care for themselves are the target of a bill approved and moved forward Monday by the Senate Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services.
U.S. Capitol

Tiptoeing On the Edge: V.I. Medicaid Funding Extended One Month

On Thursday, Congress extended vital Medicaid funding for the U.S. Virgin Islands by one month, briefly holding off damaging cuts to critical health services to the territory's most vulnerable, but also to hospital funds and, ultimately, tax revenues and economic activity.
Schneider Regional Medical Center is the hospital for St. Thomas. (Source file photo by Kelsey Nowakowski)

Hospital Dialysis Units Are Surviving, Not Thriving

Hemodialysis units at the territory's two hospitals have undergone extreme challenges since the days of hurricanes Irma and Maria, and while they have stabilized, they still have a long way to go before they are successfully serving the USVI.

Gov. Bryan Bypasses Procurement Rules for Luis Hospital Work

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has issued an executive order declaring a state of public exigency for Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, according to the hospital.
Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital in March 2018. (Bill Kossler photo)

Territorial Hospital Board Tables Contracts Again

Among the actions taken by the V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation Territorial Board at their board meeting Thursday was the tabling of a five-year rental contract for the cellular analysis system at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital.
Trevor Velinor is sworn in before testifying before the Committee on Rules and the Judiciary. (Photo from LEGVI Facebook page)

Rules Panel OKs Velinor, Finch Nominations

The U.S. Virgin Islands Senate Rules Committee on Monday approved the nomination of Trevor Velinor for commissioner of the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department and Christopher Finch for member of the board of the Juan F. Luis Hospital.

End of Full Federal Medicaid Match Will Hurt, Say Hospital Officials

Schneider Regional Medical Center's revenues are up over last year, and the St. Thomas East End Medical Center Corporation is seeing more patients, officials said during budget hearings Thursday. But those good trends are partly fed by big increases in the number of Virgin Islanders able to get Medicaid, which may sharply cut back next month.
Ophelia Torres and Tamara Bowers speak to the Senate, which appointed them to the Nurse Licensure Board on Monday. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Lawmakers Confirm Two Nursing Board, Two Counseling Board Members

In session Monday the USVI Senate confirmed Janette Bowers as a licensed practical nurse and Ophelia Powell-Torres as a nurse educator to the Board of Nurse Licensure, and Tamara Mohammed and Patricia Towal to the Board of Licensed Counselors and Examiners.

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