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Until December 15th, anyone without health insurance coverage can sign up to purchase an individual plan through the federal Affordable Care Act marketplace.

The Conversation: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Nov 1, 2017
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Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act; Arab/Palestinian Issues Scholar; Hawaii Foodbank; 47th Kona Coffee Cultural Festival; Brooklyn Raga Massive

The Conversation: Monday, September 25th, 2017

Sep 25, 2017
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ACA Repeal and Hawaii; Aging with Dignity; Hawaii’s Wood Show

The Conversation: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Aug 15, 2017
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ACA Rate Hikes; Kahala Beach Easement; Economic Value of the Arts

Wayne Yoshioka

Congress is taking steps to repeal part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as Obamacare.   Hawai’i lawmakers are also advancing legislation to protect residents who might lose their medical coverage.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Health Care Enrollment Extended for COFA Citizens

Dec 24, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Governor David Ige announced an extension to allow more time to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act. The special enrollment period will apply to Hawai‘i residents from countries of the Compact of Free Association, including Micronesia. The state now has until February 15 to enroll the 6000 COFA citizens who still need insurance. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The clock is ticking for Hawai‘i residents who want to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The deadline is tomorrow and the state is scrambling to sign people up in time. That’s a special challenge for more than 7,500 Hawai‘i residents from countries of the Compact of Free Association, including the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports the transition hasn’t always been easy.

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Healthcare in Hawai‘i is a complex and changing business. It’s also very personal—and interviews with a cross-section of healthcare executives produced a variety of information. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Executives we spoke to represented major hospitals, such as Straub and Queens, community clinics and the health insurance industry. Here are just a few of the takeaways from a wide-ranging conversation.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Sunday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Hawai‘i Health Connector. All week outreach workers have been at health clinics and community events in a final effort to reach the Micronesian community before the deadline. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, not all of these events have gone as planned.

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More than half of Hawaii’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid, thanks to the state’s decision to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. HPR’s Molly Solomon tells us more.

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Flickr / Governor Neil Abercrombie

We’ve heard a lot about the fumbled national roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. Here in Hawaii, the exchange has also performed well below expectations -- with lackluster sign up numbers and a website delay that stalled the launch by two weeks. As HPR's Molly Solomon reports, these problems are further complicated by the role of paper.

Hawaii Health Connector Update for State Lawmakers

Dec 12, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Health Connector, the web-based insurance exchange portal set up to implement the Affordable Care Act, failed to meet its October 1st start-up date.  The system required two more weeks of tweaking before becoming operational.   A joint House Committee received an update on the system today and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Six Senate and House Committees received an update on the Hawai’i Health Connector today. Lawmakers were told the goal is to have the state’s insurance website fully operational by October 15th, two weeks late.

But, of greater concern to some lawmakers, was the impending financial impact the Affordable Care Act will have on small businesses in Hawai’i. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.
 

Hawaii Health Connector

The Hawai’i Health Connector, the state’s insurance marketplace, goes online tomorrow as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. The Hawai’i Association of Public Accountants conducted a panel discussion today on the impacts of Health Connector rates on individuals and small businesses. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Waikiki Health Expanding Services

Sep 25, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Health Connector, the state’s insurance portal that will be used to implement the federal Affordable Care Act, is set to go online Tuesday. There are an estimated 100,000 residents who do not have any medical coverage, and Waikiki Health is gearing up for what could be an increase in demand in an already underserved community. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Officials Launch Hawai'i Health Connector

Sep 17, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Health Connector is scheduled to go online in two weeks for a 6-month open enrollment period, prior to implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. Government, health insurance and community group leaders participated in a news conference today to launch a public awareness campaign to help residents and businesses navigate the complex and sometimes confusing program. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and has this report.

The full implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act is approaching, but information abut how this will impact individuals has been scarce. In West Hawaii, one group is aiming to provide more details--starting tonight. HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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Flickr / peterstuckings

In just a few weeks, the Hawaii Health Connector will debut coverage options for the nearly 100,000 people who are uninsured in Hawaii. Kokua Kalihi Valley Health Center, or KKV, has spent the past few months preparing for the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Affordable Care Act Update

Aug 12, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

Health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act are scheduled to be announced in less than one month, prior to the October 1st start date for open enrollment for uninsured residents. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended an “Aging in Place” workshop and asked attendees what they thought about the new mandate.