From Medicaid to Obamacare: Micronesians Prepare for Coverage Shift

Feb 8, 2015

Credit Molly Solomon

The deadline to enroll for insurance through the Affordable Care Act is this Sunday. That’s a special challenge for more than 7,500 immigrants from countries of the Compact of Free Association, including Micronesia. Starting March 1st, they’ll lose their Medicaid coverage, and will have to find insurance through the Hawai‘i Health Connector. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on how the community is preparing for the shift.

The Hawai‘i Health Connector events for COFA residents are as follows:


Tuesdays/Thursdays – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Republic of Marshall Islands Consulate

1888 Lusitana Street, Suite 301, Honolulu

Language Resource: Marshallese


Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Elizabeth’s Church

720 N. King St., Honolulu

Language Resource: Chuukese


Mondays/Tuesdays/Fridays – 9 a.m to 1 p.m

Safe Haven Computer Center

94-132 Pupupuhi St., Apt. 2, Waipahu

Language Resource: Marshallese


Mondays – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Kuhio Park Terrace

1475 Linapuni St., Building B, Room 103, Tower B, Honolulu

Language Resource: Chuukese


Thursdays – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Kuhio Park Terrace

1485 Linapuni Street #103, Honolulu



Feb. 10 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Maui County Business Resource Center

70 E. Kaahumanu St., Kahului


Feb. 11 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pueo Family Medicine

96 Hana Hwy., Paia


Feb. 12 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Salvation Army in Kihei

35 Halekuai St., Kihei


Fridays – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Central Pacific Bank

355 Keawe St., Lahaina



For more information about enrolling and to seek language assistance, residents can call 1-877-628-5076 or go online at