Hawaii Health Care Task Force

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The Hawaii Health Care Task Force is a 13-member task force made up of lawmakers, health care professionals and health insurance executives appointed by Governor Linda Lingle, and is affiliated with the Hawaii Uninsured Project. It was created by the Hawaii State Legislature during its 2005 legislative session with a mandate to develop a plan for implementing health care for all Hawaii residents. The group began meeting in August 2005 and will continue through June 2006.

The task force is working on a number of plans to provide health care for the 10 percent of Hawaii residents who are not covered by insurance.

Among the topics under discussion is a network of community health centers and a health authority to oversee all insurance plans. [1]

Task Force Members

  • Representative Josh Green, MD, Chair. Member, Hawaii State House of Representatives
  • Dr. Patricia Blanchette, Vice Chair. Chair, Department of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Mr. Gary Allen Executive Director Hawaii Business Health Council
  • Representative Lynn Finnegan, Minority Leader, Hawaii State House of Representatives
  • Susan Forbes, DrPH. President & Chief Executive Officer Hawaii Health Information Corporation
  • Ms. Beth Giesting, Executive Director, Hawaii Primary Care Association
  • Dr. Roseanne Harrigan, Chair, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Department, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Mr. David Heywood, Executive Director, Medicare Complete Choice – Hawaii Region
  • Mr. Richard E. Meiers, President & Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Association of Hawaii
  • Dr. Virginia Pressler, Vice President, Service Line Development, Marketing & Government Relations, Hawaii Pacific Health
  • Mr. John Radcliffe, Associate Executive Director, University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
  • Mr. J. P. Schmidt, Insurance Commissioner, Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
  • Dr. Calvin Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Cardiology LLC

External Links

  • Hawaii Health Care Task Force website
  • Stanton, Karin. Task force working to make Hawaii first state to insure all -- The governor’s panel is tasked with creating coverage for the 1 in 10 uninsured residents Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 10-17-05.
  • Stanton, Karin. Network of health centers sought for uninsured. Honolulu Advertiser, 10-17-05.
  • OUR OPINION: Too many Hawaii residents lack health insurance THE ISSUE: A task force is examining proposals to provide health insurance for the 10 percent of Hawaii residents who are uninsured. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 10-18-05.
  • DePledge, Derrick. Universal health coverage outlinedHonolulu Advertiser, April 5, 2006.
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