Hawaii Ended Their Universal Health Care -October 2008

Hawaii Ended Their Universal

Health Care in 2008:

Citing Budget Shortfalls, Only State With Universal Coverage Eliminates Funding After 7 Months.

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Bumped to 2013, previously posted in 2010:

HONOLULU, Oct. 17, 2008 –

Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program.

A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.

“People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free,” said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. “I don’t believe that was the intent of the program.”

Hawaii lawmakers approved the health plan in 2007 as a way to ensure every child can get basic medical help. The Keiki (child) Care program aimed to cover every child from birth to 18 years old who didn’t already have health insurance — mostly immigrants and members of lower-income families.

It costs the state about $50,000 per month, or $25.50 per child — an amount that was more than matched by HMSA.

State health officials argued that most of the children enrolled in the universal child care program previously had private health insurance, indicating that it was helping those who didn’t need it.

The Republican governor signed Keiki Care into law in 2007, but it and many other government services are facing cuts as the state deals with a projected $900 million general fund shortfall by 2011.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,439607,00.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/10/17/health/main4527996.shtml

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6 responses to “Hawaii Ended Their Universal Health Care -October 2008

  • jcscuba

    This is a great story posted it back in 2008. How do you suppose the 2 dem senators an members of the house will vote knowing that they are voting for failure. Just like MA. Fix the current system with minimum intrusion. The government could provide a frame work, ie. legislation, a word that makes me shutter that would do the following:
    Mandate 1 Malpractice reform, 2 No redlining for previous existing illness, 3 Allow for patients to buy programs that fit their needs across state lines. 4. Allow patients to put together what they need, do I need pregnancy insurance?

    When we buy insurance for a car do you get your wipers, and tires insured, how about the upholstery? Why not be able to purchase catastrophic insurance for operations, cancer etc? 5. Mandate Health Saving Accounts. I’d be happy to pay out of pocket for routine visits, and prescriptions, we will not have that option if Obama gets his way, rise up let your voice be heard. Toll Free numbers at the bottom of my blog. Also how to contact members of the Senate and the house, let them hear us roar! J.C.

    Do not be fooled by the lies Washington tells, us, they are the cause of the increase in health care. If they would do so well, why is Medicare a $13 trillion unfunded liability, off the books and never discussed.

  • Mary

    can we put this comic on facebook and the article IT is GREAT

    • specfriggintacular

      Yes, you can use the cartton as it has the artists signature included, and thanks a million for reading!!!!

      Reply

  • specfriggintacular

    Yes, you can use the cartton as it has the artists signature included, and thanks a million for reading!!!!

  • Get More Information

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