What’s Past is Prologue
Beth Giesting | Apr 19, 2017 | Hawaii
There’s an increasing awareness that clinical care is a relatively minor contributor to a person’s health status. Studies show that poor health is more commonly related to poverty, poor education, environmental factors, and chronic discrimination and stress. Countries that invest more in social services and education have healthier populations and
While working on two State Health Innovation Plans in Hawaii, I heard over and over from providers about the problems that arise due to poor access to behavioral and oral health care. Mental health and substance abuse services are currently considered essential services and coverage parity is required, if not
On March 16th, the House Committee on Health considers SB384, which would provide prescriptive authority for psychologists. This is a practice approved in the Dept. of Defense health system and at least four other states. In Hawaii, prescribing psychologists would complete rigorous educational requirements (a post-doctoral master’s degree in psychopharmacology),
Health Savings Accounts, like so much else about our health insurance landscape, would look different in Hawaii. Essentially, HSAs don’t exist here where the Prepaid Health Care Act governs coverage; however, House Bill 407 could change that. Unlike federal rules that allow high deductible health plans for employees if paired
For decades Hawaii has ranked among the top states for health insurance coverage due not just to our unique ERISA-exempt employer mandate but also to sizeable percentages of the population covered by Medicaid, Medicare, and military or veterans’ benefits. Pre-Affordable Care Act, the non-elderly uninsured population was typically around 10%.
Hawaii’s legislative cross-over deadline is March 9th so all bills, except the budget, need to have been decked by March 3rd in order to move from their originating body to the opposite side. Of general interest, both bills that preserve ACA insurance mandates (SB403/HB552), and one that would enable medical