Health Care in Hawaii
“I made it very clear in my New Day Plan that this Administration will transform healthcare in Hawaii. Every Hawaii resident depends on a good, equitable system of healthcare. The Affordable Care Act allows for easier access by requiring insurers to offer better benefits and reward quality… ”
~ Gov. Neil Abercrombie
The State of Hawaii is committed to providing its residents high quality health insurance coverage. Hawaii has developed a four-point strategy to guide the transformation of our healthcare system:
- Improving and coordinating care for those with the greatest and most expensive needs
- Implementing insurance reforms that pay for needed changes to our delivery system, reduce costs, and improve quality and satisfaction
- Using health information technology and electronic health records, and the exchange of health information to improve care and reduce medical errors, waste, and abuse
- Leveraging government status as the healthcare purchaser for one-third of the state’s population to rapidly achieve the innovations identified above
- A key determination by the Governor was establishing the baseline package of health benefits and insurance policies to be offered through the Hawaii Health Connector, a key component of the ACA, for individuals and small businesses.
- State Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito and his team have approved a high number of health plan options for residents to consider; 95 base plans have been approved for the Hawaii Health Connector alone.
- On Oct. 1, 2013, state Department of Human Services Director Pat McManaman and her department successfully launched a new Medicaid eligibility and application website, called Kolea.