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5 Things Hawaii: Workforce pipeline, Affordable housing funds, UH Health Policy Initiative

| May 4, 2022 | Hawaii

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...[ Read More ]

Med-QUEST invests millions into UH at Mānoa's Health Policy Initiative

| May 3, 2022 | Hawaii

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...[ Read More ]

DHS releases RFP to boost Med-QUEST outreach

| Mar 31, 2022 | Hawaii

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...[ Read More ]

Postpartum Medicaid, breast cancer screenings among Women’s Legislative Caucus bills

| Jan 31, 2022 | Hawaii

A bipartisan, bicameral bill package will prioritize women’s health during Hawaii’s 2022 Legislative Session. The 2021-2022 Women’s Legislative Caucus (WLC), consisting of 16 women representatives and 10 women senators, aims to pass bills that will extend postpartum Medicaid coverage and access to mammograms. WLC announced their eight-bill 2022 legislative package...[ Read More ]

Hawaii is the 'most hostile health environment to practice in,' physician says

| Nov 30, 2021 | Hawaii

A compounded tax policy, low reimbursement rates, and more are straining Hawaii’s health care workforce to the point where facilities, particularly on neighboring islands, are beginning to shut down. These gaps in care are contributing to otherwise preventable health disparities in Hawaii.  State of Reform spoke with Dr. Scott Grosskreutz,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Q&A w/ Jill Tokuda, Medicaid redetermination, Youth mental health

| Nov 4, 2021 | Hawaii

Recent weeks have seen a flurry of election announcements for statewide positions. This month's edition of "5 Things" features a Q&A with former State Senator Jill Tokuda who recently announced she will again run for lieutenant governor. We'll reach out to more candidates in the coming months for conversations on...[ Read More ]