The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced that it will restore Medicaid coverage for outpatient rehabilitation, prosthetics and optometry services to non-disabled adults younger than 65 years of age. In addition, DHS will not impose any limits on inpatient hospital services. Earlier this month, the DHS also announced that it will restore coverage for durable medical equipment.
DHS administrators proposed eliminating those services effective July 1, 2012 as part of its plan to achieve $75 million in savings required by the state biennium budget.
“Medical assistance enrollment has increased 34 percent since 2008, yet the Med-QUEST staff has worked diligently to restore those services through cost savings and program integrity measures,” said Governor Neil Abercrombie. “The cost of health care is one of the greatest challenges faced by Island families, and the restoration of Medicaid coverage goes a long way in the preservation of access to the full range of medical services for Hawai‘i’s neediest and most vulnerable adults.”
Saving will be generated through a decrease in per-person actuarial costs for services, reduction in eligibility from 200% to 133%, and continuing reduced reimbursement rates. Additional funding became available through an increase in the federal matching rate providing $15 million, and a supplemental appropriation of $8 million by the Legislature. Savings also will come from program integrity measures that will include reduction of duplicative enrollment, annual eligibility reviews for adults, fraud reduction, and periodic review of DOH death records.
“Restoring these critical services is key to addressing the health care needs of QUEST beneficiaries,” said Patricia McManaman, DHS Director. “The restoration of services is consistent with the Governor’s New Day Plan to ensure that all persons have access to quality healthcare.”
The cost of operating Hawai‘i’s medical assistance programs in 2012 is more than $1.7 billion dollars in combined state and federal dollars. The Med-QUEST programs QUEST, QUEST-ACE, QUEST-Net, and QUEST Expanded Access served more than 280,000 people across the state last year.
Strong winds in South Maui ripped a roof aoff a baseyard building at Akina Aloha Tours Bus Service Baseyard. Maui Fire Department Units E-6, L-14, and BC-1 responded to the first call shortly after 12:30 p.m., today.
When they arrived on scene, they witnessed the corrugated metal roof on a 30′ x 40′ container completely blown off. The roof took out some power lines and came to rest against a neighbor’s home. Fire crews are removing the roofing to prevent damage to the structure. Power lost due to downed power lines confined to the Akina Baseyard.
No injuries were reported. Damages to the Akina baseyard are estimated at $25,000.00 Damage to the neighbor home is described as “cosmetic” and not structural and has been estimated at $3,000.00
A 3.5-magnitude earthquake shook the Big Island Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The earthquake occurred at around 11:15 a.m. with an epicenter 35 miles southwest of Hilo.
The quake had a depth of 10.6 kilometers.
There was no tsunami warning issued. No damage or injuries wewre reported.
History repeats itself on June 5, 2012 and not again untill the year 2117. Join us in Haleakala National Park to witness history, safely.
In 1769 astronomers knew the relative size of our solar system, and the approximate distances of Earth and the other known planets to the Sun, but exact distances were not known. England’s Royal Academy sponsored Captain James Cook’s first Pacific voyage to Tahiti to witness a transit of Venus (his second Pacific voyage lead him to Hawai`i). By measuring how long it took for the tiny black dot of Venus to pass in front of the Sun, 18th century astronomer’s hoped to fill-in the missing data and to calculate exact distances.
Using projection boxes, number 14 welder’s glasses or “sunpeeps,” all of Hawaii will be able to see this once-in-120 years event between 12:09 and 6:00 PM HST. Wherever you decide to watch, remember: staring directly at the Sun will damage your eyes. But no telescopes are needed: the summit portion of Haleakala National Park is often above the clouds. Park staff and Sherri Reed’s science students from Seabury Hall will be helping visitors see the phenomena using “sunspotter” scopes and “sunpeeps” (available at cost in the park). With warm clothing, a little knowledge and proper eye-wear, Haleakala National Park will be a great place to feel small for the Transit of Venus on June 5.
Maui TV News first reported on the historic happening earlier this week. Read the original post.
Emme Tomimbang, the iconic “Emme’s Island Moments” host and producer, has been hospitalized at Queen’s Medical Center since Friday.
She suffered an aneurism and her condition has since improved, said a close friend. But she will remain in the hospital for another week for observation.
A call to Tomimbang’s office was not returned. The family asks for privacy for now; visitors are prohibited till further notice.
However, colleagues have rallied to help Tomimbang edit and complete her latest TV special, “Emme’s Island Moments: ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Revisited,” which airs at 7 p.m. May 31 on KGMB9 (Hawaii News Now) and rebroadcast at 9 p.m. June 2.
Tomimbang earlier said that this new special, which combines a look at the classic “Hawaii Five-0” and the current reboot, will be her first of 2012, after she took a necessary break in 2011 to care-give her husband, retired judge James S. Burns, who had some medical issues. He continues his recovery.
The “Five-0” show had been on Tomimbang’s agenda for some time. As she said in a recent email, “It was to air last October — but I got blindsided. Again in January — but had to shelve it.”
After some new shoots and some writing, she completed the endeavor and confirmed an airdate. The show still was in final edit when she had to be hospitalized, so her production team is rallying to get it aired.
Emme said in an earlier email before her unexpected hospitalization: “Don’t ask me how I did it — partly it was balance in early morning and late evening hours. It definitely comes with Jim slowly progressing; I had a chance to find an open window to finally get this done.” .
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a WIND ADVISORY for LANAI makai and mauka, including the cities of Manele and Lanai City, in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening.
A Wind Advisory means that winds of 30 mph and gusts of 50 mph are expected.
EFFECTS: Winds will be northeast 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph until 6:00 p.m. tonight.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. SECURE ANY LOOSE OBJECTS THAT MAY BECOME AIRBORNE OR MOVE THEM INDOORS.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates.
NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
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