24 Feb 2012

CNMI hospital staff may lose health insurance

3:11 pm on 24 February 2012

More than a hundred hospital staff in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas may lose their health insurance coverage after discovering that their premium payments haven't been remitted over several pay periods.

Affected personnel are mostly nurses and critical services employees from the Commonwealth Health Centre in Saipan.

Employees who opt to obtain the health insurance have their premiums deducted from their payroll cheques.

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, the autonomous government agency that manages the Center, is then supposed to remit the deducted amounts to the insurance carriers.

Hospital employees who agreed to speak to our correspondent on condition of anonymity were dismayed, saying they were only informed about it recently and weren't aware that their premiums had not been remitted.