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Q&A: Senator Chang talks about the role affordable housing plays in Hawaii's public health

Shawna De La Rosa | Nov 16, 2020 | Hawaii

Senator Stanley Chang represents Hawaii’s 9th District. He is the vice chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health. In this Q&A, Chang shares both Hawaii’s greatest health care achievements and areas where he believes the state can improve. He is particularly passionate about affordable housing and...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Patti Bazin, HMSA, on QUEST reprocurement

Emily Boerger | Nov 13, 2020 | Hawaii

Over the summer, the Department of Human Services (DHS) released a new request for information seeking information to prepare for the upcoming re-procurement of QUEST Integration (QI) health plans. The RFI came after DHS announced it was rescinding the Medicaid managed care contract awards previously announced in January due to...[ Read More ]

Imminent loss of federal resources could affect Hawaii's contact tracing efforts

| Nov 12, 2020 | Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) Dr. Emily Roberson is leading her department’s intensive COVID-19 contact tracing efforts in Hawaii. In a November 11th interview with the Star-Advertiser, she spoke about the complex process used by the DOH to conduct contact tracing in the state. According to Dr. Roberson, an immense...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Senate committees, Elections, I got COVID

| Nov 5, 2020 | Hawaii

To paraphrase Churchill, it does not feel like this is the end of our election and national political strife. Perhaps this isn't even the beginning of the end. Perhaps, this is the end of the beginning. Legal contests of the elections are building. Tighter congressional majorities will demand greater party orthodoxy to...[ Read More ]

Hawaii stands to lose millions if ACA is repealed

Shawna De La Rosa | Nov 2, 2020 | Hawaii

Justice Amy Coney Bartlett’s recent appointment shifted the U.S. Supreme Court further into conservative territory and many fear the Affordable Health Care Act is now at risk. If the ACA is repealed, Hawaii could lose $400 million and 86,000 Hawaii residents could lose their health care.     In a...[ Read More ]

Hawaii's Medicaid numbers up 7% year-over-year

Shawna De La Rosa | Oct 29, 2020 | Hawaii

Over the past year, Hawaii’s Medicaid enrollment increased by approximately 39,000 people, or 7%. In October 2019, the state had 322,527 individuals enrolled in Medicaid. That number now stands at 381,661.     During this period, HMSA ABD saw an enrollment increase of 828 participants, up 9% year-over-year between August...[ Read More ]

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