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State opportunity to innovate in Medicaid is there for the taking

| Mar 15, 2017 | Alaska, Federal, Hawaii, Texas

Yesterday HHS released a letter to Governors from Secretary Tom Price and freshly sworn-in CMS Administrator Seema Verma, inviting states to take steps to innovate on Medicaid. The letter creates a clear opportunity for states who have been wanting to try new things in the program to do so: We...[ Read More ]

Reform's impacts in HI | Budget takes hit | Carla D'Angelo

| Mar 14, 2017 | Hawaii

It's hard not to watch the events in Washington DC health policy right now. We're tracking the impacts on Hawaii from an implementation of the Congressional Republicans' ACA replacement bill. "Replace," this week's House budget, and a few key legislative bills. It's what we're watching in Hawaii health care for...[ Read More ]

Legislators tackle homeless health in Hawaii

| Mar 14, 2017 | Hawaii

Hawaii had the highest rate of homelessness in the U.S. in 2015, with 53 homeless people for every 10,000 residents. This was a 10 percent increase from 2014, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The national rate was 17 homeless people per 10,000 residents in 2015. In 2016,...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Legislative Update: HSAs and HCRs

| Mar 13, 2017 | Hawaii

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...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Anna Loengard

Kylie Walsh | Mar 13, 2017 | Hawaii

Anna Loengard, Chief Medical Officer at The Queen's Clinically Integrated Physicians Network, joins us in this edition of What They're Watching to talk about HMSA and payment transformation. I would say in Hawaii, here really looking at what HMSA is doing in payment transformation, I think it's been a really good...[ Read More ]

Hawaii's response to ACA repeal

| Mar 9, 2017 | Hawaii

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%. ...[ Read More ]