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Health funding in Gov Ige’s 2021-23 budget proposal

Emily Boerger | Dec 22, 2020 | Hawaii

Gov. David Ige’s newly released 2021-23 biennium budget proposal features operating and capital improvement program (CIP) budget cuts over the next two fiscal years. “This budget represents sudden, sharp reductions to revenues because of the pandemic’s impact on the state’s economy and the tax revenue that funds government services and...[ Read More ]

Detailed Agenda for the 2021 Hawaii Conference now available!

Emily Boerger | Dec 17, 2020 | Hawaii

The Detailed Agenda for our 2021 Hawaii State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference on January 14 is now available! We have carefully crafted these panel topics after a long process of stakeholder engagement that helped us zero in on the health care policy topics most important and relevant to...[ Read More ]

Hawaii releases new Medicaid Managed Care RFP

Emily Boerger | Dec 9, 2020 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) issued its new QUEST Integration Medicaid Managed Care RFP on Tuesday. The Request for Proposals is seeking up to 5 health plans to provide Medicaid services statewide, though the RFP notes that health plans may propose providing services on one or more islands....[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Q&A w/Sen. Stanley Chang, Topical Agenda, Physician shortage

| Dec 1, 2020 | Hawaii

We are on the cusp of a tremendous leap forward in vaccine science, which is something that our gratification-now culture doesn't fully appreciate. It took 5 days from sequencing the virus genome to the vaccine design. Next week, emergency use authorization is expected for Pfizer's vaccine. First vaccinations are expected December...[ Read More ]

Two potential solutions to address Hawaii's physician workforce shortage

Emily Boerger | Nov 25, 2020 | Hawaii

Hawaii, like many areas across the country, is facing a physician shortage. But unlike most states, Hawaii also faces a unique set of challenges standing in the way of recruiting and retaining new physicians. According to data compiled by Dr. John Lauris Wade, a member of the Hawaii Physician Shortage...[ Read More ]

AlohaCare to provide basic dental coverage at no cost to adult Medicaid members through Hawaii Dental Service

| Nov 24, 2020 | Hawaii

AlohaCare [this month] announced that it has selected Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) to administer basic dental services at no cost to its adult Medicaid members beginning January 1, 2021. Through HDS, adult AlohaCare Medicaid members will receive diagnostic, preventive and basic dental services. Covered dental benefits will include an annual...[ Read More ]

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