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Q&A: Hawai'i Budget and Policy Center director Beth Giesting's economic update

| Aug 24, 2021 | Hawaii

Beth Giesting is the director of the Hawai'i Budget and Policy Center (HBPC), a public policy research and analysis program under Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. Giesting’s work highlights the intersection between health care and policy, with a focus on their impacts on Hawai'i’s low-income and underserved...[ Read More ]

Hawaii leads nation in nursing home vaccinations, but remains cautious of Delta spread

| Aug 18, 2021 | Hawaii

Hawaii currently leads the nation with the highest vaccination rate -- 87% -- among nursing home staff, according to the recently released American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard. Hawaii also has 88.7% of nursing home residents fully vaccinated --the highest in the Pacific region and 11th...[ Read More ]

HRSA provides $20 million for Native Hawaiian health care

| Aug 17, 2021 | Hawaii

Six Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act (NHHCIA) award recipients across the state received $20 million from the Biden Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced last week.      The funding, which will last through July 2023, will focus on bolstering COVID response efforts for Native Hawaiians, as...[ Read More ]

Medicaid public option bill could "give relief to millions"

| Aug 9, 2021 | Hawaii, Washington

A recently introduced Medicaid public option bill could create a low-cost, public alternative to private health insurance at the state level, increasing access to health coverage for uninsured Americans. On Friday, U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, M.D., (WA-08), U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced HR.4974, or...[ Read More ]

Q&A: AlohaCare CEO Francoise Culley-Trotman shares Med-QUEST integration update

| Aug 9, 2021 | Hawaii

Francoise Culley-Trotman is the CEO of AlohaCare, one of Hawai‘i’s largest health plans. In this Q&A, Culley-Trotman gives an update on the Med-QUEST integration contract awarded to AlohaCare earlier this year and other ways it’s working to support economically and socially vulnerable communities in the state.      Nicole Pasia:...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Brian Baker, HCBS spending proposal, ICU capacity projections

| Aug 4, 2021 | Hawaii

We are at a tricky place in America right now vis-a-vis COVID. For the first time since January, more people are pessimistic about the future of the disease than are optimistic, according to new polling from Gallup. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are "somewhat" or "very worried" about contracting the...[ Read More ]

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