MORE WASHINGTON FUNDS FOR U.S. PACIFIC AREAS CONSIDERED

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 5, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)---Additional U.S. government health and education funding for U.S. Pacific areas --during Washington's next fiscal year, beginning October 1-- now appears likely for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.

Director of the Office of Insular Affairs, Allen Stayman, says budget agreements between the Clinton administration and Congress call for $750,000 more in Medicaid funds for needy persons on Guam and $500,00 for patients in both American Samoa and the Northern Marianas.

For children without medical insurance in the three US Pacific areas, additional health funding is expected to total $420,000 for Guam, $144,000 for American Samoa, and $132,000 for CNMI.

Special grants to students to support post-high school education, totaling $2,700 each, also are in the U.S. government's fiscal year 1997-1998 budget.

The education grants, if appropriated, will be available to students in the Freely Associated States of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia, as well as the U.S. Pacific areas.

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