Monday, May 05, 2008

Of Grave Concern

In the notes from March Luncheon Meeting, we quoted the speaker as saying that effective November 1, all aged, blind and disabled people on Medicaid would be transferred to a managed care plan, either AlohaCare or Ohana Care.  Actually, the State of Hawaii awarded a $1.5 billion contract to two for-profit mainland health plans, Wellcare and UnitedHealth group.

We are concerned that both of these plans are under investigation or involved in lawsuits because of long delays in payment, errors and potential fraud. Do they have providers in this state? Additionally, will our most medically fragile be required to change from physicians who have cared for them for years?