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5 Things Hawaii: Q&A w/ Jill Tokuda, Medicaid redetermination, Youth mental health

| Nov 4, 2021 | Hawaii

Recent weeks have seen a flurry of election announcements for statewide positions. This month's edition of "5 Things" features a Q&A with former State Senator Jill Tokuda who recently announced she will again run for lieutenant governor. We'll reach out to more candidates in the coming months for conversations on...[ Read More ]

Battling isolation and building resilience: The future of child and family mental health in Hawaii

| Nov 3, 2021 | Hawaii

According to a December 2020 report from the Hawaii Department of Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD), suicide was the second-leading cause of death in young people in Hawaii. Experts say the pandemic and social isolation have further stressed mental health among kids and their families.     ...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Med-QUEST on upcoming eligibility redetermination: "It's our kuleana"

| Nov 3, 2021 | Hawaii

With the federal public health emergency (PHE) declaration and subsequent Medicaid disenrollment freeze set to end as soon as mid-January 2022, Med-QUEST is working to ensure the one in three Hawaii residents it serves will receive continuous health coverage.      Med-QUEST enrollments have increased 32% over the pandemic, bringing...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Market formally established to better serve military service members and families

| Oct 28, 2021 | Hawaii

Oahu’s Military Treatment Facilities (MFTs), which serve up to 152,000 eligible beneficiaries, will now operate as the new Hawaii Market. Dr. Brian Lein, assistant director for health care administration for the Defense Health Agency (DHA), and Hawaii market director, Col. Martin Doperak, hosted a ceremony at Tripler Army Medical Center...[ Read More ]

Hawaii tax reform could increase health care affordability, experts say

| Oct 28, 2021 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Budget and Policy Center (HBPC) is calling for lawmakers to pass tax reform that would address racial and socioeconomic disparities across the state.     Health care costs in Hawaii are unevenly distributed between low and high wage earners. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics,...[ Read More ]

Q&A w/ Jill Tokuda on her bid for Hawaii Lt. Gov.

| Oct 22, 2021 | Hawaii

Jill Tokuda, former chair of the Hawaii Senate Ways And Means Committee, announced her bid for Lieutenant Governor earlier this month. This marks her second time running for the office after coming in second behind current Lt. Gov. Josh Green in 2018. Green is expected to run for Governor in...[ Read More ]

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