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5 Things Hawaii: Q&A w/ Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Native Hawaiian health, Hospital price transparency

| Jun 9, 2022 | Hawaii

In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching" we feature an update on the state's efforts to develop data-driven solutions to address substance use, a conversation on women's health policy, and a look at hospital price transparency compliance. Thank you for your continued support! Emily Boerger State of Reform  ...[ Read More ]

Q&A: AlohaCare CEO Francoise Culley-Trotman on new Native Hawaiian services and preparing for redeterminations

| Jun 8, 2022 | Hawaii

Francoise Culley-Trotman is the CEO of AlohaCare, which serves Hawaii’s QUEST Integration Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. AlohaCare recently partnered with Papa Ola Lōkahi to launch Ke Aloha Mau, where members can receive new Native Hawaiian health services, such as hula and lomilomi massage, as a no-cost benefit.  AlohaCare’s initial utilization...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Linda Ichiyama on women’s health care and ongoing pandemic response

| Jun 6, 2022 | Hawaii

Rep. Linda Ichiyama (D - Moanalua Valley) is the Chair of the Hawaii House Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Committee. She is also a co-convener of the bipartisan Women’s Legislative Caucus (WLC). In this Q&A, Ichiyama discusses her committee’s key developments this past session, goals for next year, and legislation to...[ Read More ]

Hawaii's federal child nutrition funding is outdated and insufficient, report finds

| Jun 3, 2022 | Hawaii

Federal reimbursement rates for child nutrition programs in Hawaiʻi do not currently reflect the high cost of living, a new report found. Nearly 1 in 3 keiki in Hawaiʻi were projected to be food insecure in 2020, and advocates are calling for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to readjust...[ Read More ]

Hawaii DOH calls for stakeholder input on data-driven substance use prevention

| Jun 2, 2022 | Hawaii

State leaders are focusing on a data-driven response to improve care for people struggling with substance abuse in Hawaii. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) within the Department of Health recently launched a webinar series to review the Hawai‘i State Plan for a Data Driven System of Care on...[ Read More ]

AlohaCare offers members the benefit of Native Hawaiian healing traditions

| May 26, 2022 | Hawaii

As Hawaiʻi and the nation observe Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage month, AlohaCare announces Ke Aloha Mau, their newly launched culturally responsive services to target mental, physical and spiritual health. Beginning with Lomilomi and Hula, AlohaCare’s covered healthcare benefits will also include Ho‘oponopono and ‘Ai Pono.  ...[ Read More ]