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Strike avoidance and tentative agreement between Kaiser Permanente and Alliance of Health Care Unions is a “win for patients”

| Nov 18, 2021 | Hawaii

After labor-management relations and a strike authorization vote drew national attention to Kaiser Permanente, the managed care organization and the Alliance of Health Care Unions reached a tentative agreement this month, which also includes the completion of Kaiser’s first-ever contract with its Hawaii employees.      Kaiser is Hawaii’s only...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Kaiser Permanente nurse discusses canceled strike and new agreement reached with employer

| Nov 17, 2021 | California

Johanna Noriega is an RN at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. She’s also an officer at the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP), and one of the 21,000 members of the UNAC/UHCP that planned to strike against Kaiser on Nov. 15 throughout Southern California.    ...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Kaiser psychologist talks about upcoming strike and scarcity of mental health resources in California

| Nov 12, 2021 | California

Kenneth Rogers is a psychologist for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento. He is one of the nearly 2,000 mental health clinicians that will be staging pickets outside Kaiser hospitals across Northern California on Nov. 19. They are represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).  In this Q&A, Rogers discusses...[ Read More ]

Kaiser Permanente boosts Hawaii telehealth with $143k grant

| Aug 30, 2021 | Hawaii

Four Hawaii safety net organizations received a combined $143,000 in grants this month to expand telehealth services to low-income and communities experiencing homelessness. Virtual Care Innovation Network worked in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente to allocate the funding.      See a breakdown of the funding below: $57,000 each to the...[ 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 ]

Maryland Health Connection sees highest-ever enrollment

Shawna De La Rosa | Dec 22, 2020 | Maryland

Maryland Health Connection, the state’s health insurance exchange, enrolled 166,000 individuals in 2020 — which is an all-time high. Last year the exchange enrolled 158,000.     Ben Steffen, executive director of the Maryland Health Care Commission, shared the news at the commission’s Dec. 17 meeting. Open enrollment closed on...[ Read More ]