NEWS RELEASE: Governor Announces Statewide Public Briefings on Plans for Healthcare Innovation

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU – The Governor’s office today announced a series of statewide public briefings on three health care initiatives meant to improve insurance coverage, health care access, and coordination of care.  The public briefing will cover the following proposals:

  • The state’s proposed waiver from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), developed with input from the Affordable Care Act Waiver Taskforce, which seeks to preserve Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act while also complying with the federal health care law.
  • A plan to improve behavioral health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and excessive alcohol consumption by incorporating screening and treatment for behavioral health needs with innovations in workforce, telehealth, training, and incentives.  This plan is being developed in conjunction with the Department of Human Services, Med-QUEST Division, and the Department of Health.
  • The state’s “No Wrong Door” plan, which seeks to help individuals and their caregivers receive person-centered counseling to access health-related long-term services and supports.  The No Wrong Door network will include state agencies and private non-profit agencies that provide support to seniors, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

Public hearings will be held:

September 14, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kaua‘i Community College Cafeteria
3-1901 Kaumuali‘i Highway
Lihu‘e, Hawai‘i

September 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – noon
J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium
95 Mahalani Street
Wailuku, Hawai‘i

September 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – noon
County Council Chambers at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Building A
74-677 Kealakehe Pkwy
Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i

September 23, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Queen’s Conference Center, Room 200
1301 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawai‘i
(Please do not park in the structures for the Physicians Office Buildings)

September 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – noon
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, College of Hawaiian Language, Haleʻōlelo, Lumi Pāhiahia (Performing Arts Hall)
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, Hawai‘i

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