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What They're Watching: Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula, PhD, UH John A. Burns School of Medicine

| Apr 3, 2023 | Hawaii

Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula, chair of Native Hawaiian Health at the University of Hawaii Manoa's John A. Burns School of Medicine, told us that a key goal of his is increasing the ethnic diversity of Hawaii's medical workforce. During our 2023 Hawaii State of Reform conference in January, Kaholokula told us that...[ Read More ]

Hawaii senators debate initiative to cover autism spectrum disorder services through Medicaid

| Mar 29, 2023 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony on Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 119 on March 24th. The bill would require Medicaid coverage of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) to adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The bill would require the state’s Department of Health (DOH) and Department...[ Read More ]

Maui hospital staff reject new proposed contract, continue month-long strike

| Mar 28, 2023 | Hawaii

Following over a month of strikes and rejected contract negotiations, members of United Public Workers (UPW) at Kaiser’s Maui Health System remain on strike. On Feb. 22nd, about 500 nurses aides, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, cooks, and other hospital staff at three Maui facilities walked out and began picketing.  Workers are...[ Read More ]

HAH advocating for permanent hospital and nursing sustainability programs, increased Medicaid reimbursement rates this legislative session

| Mar 7, 2023 | Hawaii

The Hawaii legislative session is in full throttle, which means the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) has been busy advocating for bills that have significant impact on the state’s healthcare industry.     HAH President and CEO Hilton R. Raethel told State of Reform about some of the bills and...[ Read More ]

AlohaCare focused on customer outreach to help them retain coverage with continuous coverage ending March 31st

| Mar 6, 2023 | Hawaii

Staff at AlohaCare are preparing for a historic period in which they will be working nonstop to help Hawaii residents retain their health coverage or find new pathways to insurance, if needed.     During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Medicaid members received continuous coverage throughout the PHE, even if their...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means passes four behavioral health bills

| Mar 1, 2023 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means passed four bills that aim to support behavioral healthcare on Tuesday.     Ways and Means unanimously passed Senate Bill 1044, which would appropriate funds to hire healthcare specialists for people with complex needs for Hawaii’s rural public schools. Keith Hayashi, the...[ Read More ]