Lt. Governor Francis Attending National Lieutenant Governorís Association Conference
For Immediate Release No. 012-11
March 22, 2011
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Lt. Governor Francis Attending National Lieutenant Governor’s Association Conference
Lieutenant Governor Gregory R. Francis is out of the territory while he attends the Federal-State Relations Meeting of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) in Washington, DC. The conference will host elected officials from throughout the U.S. mainland and territories from March 23-25, 2011.
Participation in NLGA provides members the opportunity to network and enhance intergovernmental relations. While at the meeting, Lt. Governor Francis will participate in discussions covering topics including investments in transportation infrastructure, the development of insurance exchanges, and the delivery of long term care to the elderly and disabled Medicare and Medicaid eligible population. Francis is the chairman of the territory’s Health Reform Implementation Task Force, which is charged with implementing the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The territory has recently applied for a Health Insurance Exchange planning grant, which will be used to determine the feasibility of establishing an Exchange, which is essentially a marketplace for Virgin Islands insurance companies. Finding solutions to the territory’s challenges of providing long term care for aged and elderly residents is also of significant concern to the task force as it seeks to improve the overall delivery of healthcare services to Virgin Islanders.
Attendance at the meeting will enable Francis to engage in discussions with federal officials and his peers about future trends and solutions to issues confronting the states and territories.
The NLGA is the professional association for the elected officials who are first in line of succession to the governors in the 50 states and five territories.