State helps Micronesians' health care
HONOLULU (KHNL) - Help is on the way for Micronesians in Hawaii who were about to lose important medical care.
The state has found a way to cover kidney dialysis for patients, without using additional state funds.
"We're very, very pleased to have been able to come up with this solution," said Lillian Koller, director of the Department of Human Services.
The new, Basic Health Hawaii program begins Tuesday and will now cover kidney dialysis for at least two more years.
The state will be reimbursed about $1.5 million annually from the federal Medicaid program. Initially, these patients would lose their treatment. The new program provides free health insurance for thousands of migrants from Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau who are beneficiaries of the Compacts of Free Association, with the federal government.