Hawaii is the second healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® from the United Health Foundation.
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Hawaii's best and worst category rankings:
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Hawaii, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Hawaii started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Hawaii's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Med-QUEST — The medical assistance program (Medicaid) which provides health insurance coverage to eligible Hawaiians It covers all ages 64 and under but has certain requirements and income eligibility guidelines.
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Services Health Insurance — Health insurance resources from the state of Hawaii including severable downloadable PDFs
The Healthcare Association of Hawaii — A non-profit association that represents and advocates on behalf of its provider members to improve health care in Hawaii.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Hawaii.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Hawaii -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Hawaii.
Why health care reform is important to Hawaii -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Hawaii.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Hawaii -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Hawaii.
Hawaii mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Hawaii -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $15 per family in 2012.
11/02/2012 9:11 PM
The Garden Island — Hawaii took another step forward on its health insurance exchange by submitting required documents to HHS. By submitting the blueprint, Hawaii formalized its long-standing intention to operate its own exchange.
10/01/2012 6:10 PM
Maui Now.com — Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced that the Hawaii Medical Service Association’s Preferred Provider Plan 2010 will be the state’s benchmark plan. The benchmark plan serves as a model for the benefits that will be covered by all plans offered on the state exchange. Abercrombie described the Medical Service plan as the state’s “broadest.”
09/03/2012 4:09 PM
Live Insurance News — The Hawaii Health Connector received a $61.8 million grant the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will be used to hire outreach staff, develop consumer support tools, design and develop technology infrastructure, and retain a quality assurance organization to assist with program management.
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