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Stimulus Bill Expands Access to Free or Low-Cost Healthcare Coverage for Hawaii Residents

, | Mar 24, 2021 | Hawaii

Two provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, lowers health insurance costs for millions of Americans, including thousands in Hawaii. One provision provides a 100 percent COBRA subsidy for up to six months. Another provision increases the...[ Read More ]

Hawaii announces new Medicaid RFP results

Emily Boerger | Mar 18, 2021 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) announced on Thursday the awardees for its new Medicaid managed care contracts. DHS awarded the contracts to five health plans. AlohaCare, HMSA, ‘Ohana Health Plan, and United Healthcare Community Plan were awarded statewide contracts, and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan was awarded a contract...[ Read More ]

New report highlights health inequities in Hawaii COVID data

Emily Boerger | Mar 17, 2021 | Hawaii

Despite making up just four percent of Hawaii’s population, Pacific Islanders accounted for 24% of the state’s diagnosed COVID-19 cases through the end of January. During that time, Pacific Islanders also had the highest age-adjusted mortality rate in the state at 319.6 deaths per 100,000 population. The next highest mortality...[ Read More ]

Hawaii DOH launches expansion of mental health services in response to pandemic

| Mar 12, 2021 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Health and CARE Hawaii have launched a new crisis counseling assistance program to provide support for children and adults experiencing challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This program was made possible by a $2.1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Substance...[ Read More ]

An update on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout and health impacts in Hawaii

| Mar 9, 2021 | Hawaii

On Thursday the Hawaii Economic Association held a webinar titled “Vaccinating Hawai’i: Update on the COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout and Health Impacts.” This webinar focused both on an overview and update on the state’s vaccine rollout and an on-the-ground perspective from physicians. The panelists also addressed questions on vaccine safety, efficacy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Q&A w/Lance Segawa, Policy cutoff, People on the move

| Mar 3, 2021 | Hawaii

We are holding our first conference focused on federal policy and a multi-state "learning lab" featuring innovations from across the country. Hawaii's success will be one of our case studies to teach the nation. We purposely made our conference hours late in the day Washington DC time, so that we could...[ Read More ]

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