Med-QUEST Division (Hawaii’s Medicaid program) submitted an application to renew its 1115 Demonstration waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Jan. 17, and division leaders discussed the request at the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference in January.  Hawaii has had a 1115 waiver since 1994, and renews it … Read more

We’re glad to be back reporting in Hawaii after a brief hiatus last month. Reporter Shane Ersland has recently began reporting in the state, and his coverage of Hawaii’s SDOH improvement plan, an initiative to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax, and efforts to address medication use disparities among Hawaii’s indigenous populations … Read more

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: In March 2021, the Department … Read more