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GOVERNOR’S NEWS RELEASE: State heading to Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i for public briefings on health care innovation

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU — The Governor’s office will provide public briefings on Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i as part of a statewide effort to share health care innovation plans and get community feedback. Two health care initiatives meant to improve insurance coverage, health care access and coordination of care will be addressed in 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.

Public hearings will be held at:

Lanai                         September 29, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Lanai Senior Center

309 7th Street

Lanai City, HI  96763


Molokai                    October 2, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kaunakakai Civic Center, Room 105

Corner of Makaena and Ala Malama

Kaunakakai, HI  96748

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Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

[email protected]


Cindy McMillan

Communications Director

Office: 808-586-0012

Mobile: 808-265-7974

[email protected]