Friday, March 10, 2006

March 27, 2006 Meeting: Report from the Hawaii Health Taskforce Exploring Hawaii’s Uninsured

Carol Taniguchi and Laurel Johnston of the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs’ Uninsured Project

One of the major health initiatives from the 2005 legislature established a temporary health care task force to develop a plan for implementing health care for all Hawaii residents. The law requires the task force to compare the costs of the current health care system with various options to decrease the uninsured population, including a single-payer system. The consulting service analyzing the costs and benefits of a single-payer system is expected to report by the end of March.