In late June, Hawaii’s Med-QUEST Healthcare Advisory Committee met to discuss Medicaid redeterminations and the 1115 waiver renewal. Med-QUEST is the state’s Medicaid agency, which launched the Stay Well Stay Covered Campaign prior to the start of redeterminations.  Meredith Nichols, assistant administrator and deputy director of the state’s Med-QUEST division, said that while redeterminations are … Read more

The Hawaii legislative session is in full throttle, which means the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) has been busy advocating for bills that have significant impact on the state’s healthcare industry.     HAH President and CEO Hilton R. Raethel told State of Reform about some of the bills and initiatives the organization is supporting … Read more

Staff at AlohaCare are preparing for a historic period in which they will be working nonstop to help Hawaii residents retain their health coverage or find new pathways to insurance, if needed.     During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Medicaid members received continuous coverage throughout the PHE, even if their eligibility changed. With the continuous … Read more

Connie Liu is the Community Engagement Managing Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, one of Hawaii’s oldest nonprofit civil law firms. With 11 offices statewide, the Legal Aid Society provides comprehensive services including legal aid, financial assistance, and health insurance navigation. The Legal Aid Society was recently awarded over $270,000 in federal funds … Read more

Hawaii health care advocates recently commended the extension of Medicaid postpartum coverage from 60 days to 12 months. State of Reform spoke to 3 experts who helped bring about the extension about what it means for the future of Hawaii maternal health.     The extension comes from a $2.4 million appropriation to the Department … Read more

Med-QUEST Division Administrator Judy Mohr Peterson, PhD, had an exciting announcement for members of the Med-QUEST Healthcare Advisory Committee (MHAC) at its meeting on June 22nd: after over 10 years, full Medicaid dental benefits are returning for Hawaii adults.      Due to the financial strain of the Great Recession of 2009, the Department of … Read more

Francoise Culley-Trotman is the CEO of AlohaCare, which serves Hawaii’s QUEST Integration Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. AlohaCare recently partnered with Papa Ola Lōkahi to launch Ke Aloha Mau, where members can receive new Native Hawaiian health services, such as hula and lomilomi massage, as a no-cost benefit.  AlohaCare’s initial utilization target for these services is … Read more

Tomorrow is the last scheduled day of the 2022 Legislative Session. With that in mind, I wanted to extend a big thank you to Nicole Pasia who leads our Hawaii health care reporting at State of Reform. She’s been steeped in policy and budget conversations for the past few months and has had her finger … Read more

Med-QUEST, Hawaiʻi ’s Medicaid division, recently announced a $10 million, multi-year commitment to health information and research initiatives at the University of Hawaiʻi  (UH) at Mānoa to improve health outcomes in the state.     The partnership, which has formally been in the works since 2018, supports UH Mānoa’s Health Policy Initiative (HPI). The initiative … Read more

The Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the Med-QUEST program on Wednesday to provide outreach, health insurance enrollment assistance, and other Kōkua services for Hawaii’s underserved populations.  The contract will award approximately $1.45 million per year to multiple awardees from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024.    … Read more