David Ige on Health Care
Move management of public hospitals to private sector
It is getting harder and harder for us as a state to operate these hospitals well. We need the resources the private sector can bring to bear on the increasingly complex issues and challenges of health care.
We recently signed a historic agreement transferring the operation and management of the Maui Region health care facilities from the state to Kaiser Permanente.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Hawaii legislature
, Jan 25, 2016
Supports employer-mandated health care insurance law
Hawai'i has one of the highest rates of health care insurance coverage in the nation due to our employer-mandated health care insurance law, the Prepaid Health Care Act. In Hawai'i, 93% of all residents have health care insurance.
I will focus on securing coverage for the remainder of the population.
I will seek to correct an error of the current Governor, who failed to request regulatory flexibility for the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act that weaken Hawai'i's
Prepaid Health Care Law. Our Hawai'i Health Connector received a $205 million grant from the federal government, but has been a disaster. The Connector unworkable on the day it was scheduled to start, and, nine months later, the
Connector has enrolled less than 1% of the population. There are better alternatives to covering Hawai'i's uninsured residents.
Source: 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial campaign website DavidIge.org
, Aug 9, 2014
Support unfunded liabilities for State Union Health Benefits
Q: Are you satisfied with the current plans to pay for the state's unfunded liabilities?
IGE: Last year Hawaii became the first state in the country to enact a plan for handling unfunded liabilities for the
State Employer Union Health Benefits Trust Fund.
ABERCROMBIE: The Employer-Union Trust Fund (EUTF) has never been prefunded until my administration came into office.
With our financial turnaround of the state's finances, we've started to put money back into the EUTF to address its unfunded liabilities. Working with the Legislature, we passed Act 268 in 2013 to statutorily establish an annual required contribution.
Hawaii was one of the first states to really address the unfunded liability for Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB).
Source: Honolulu Civil Beat Q&A on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial race
, Jul 11, 2014
We have failed to execute the Hawaii Health Connector
There were heated moments during the debate, including an exchange over the troubled Hawaii Health Connector: "The legislature legislates. The executive executes. And this is a failure to execute," said Ige.
"In other words, the legislature created the Health Connector. All I can do is execute what the legislature tells me to do," Abercrombie responded.
Source: Hawaii News Now on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial debate
, Jul 9, 2014
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