WE NEED YOUR STORIES!
If you or anyone you know is a COFA citizen who was enrolled in Medicaid/Med-QUEST, and has experienced any issues visiting the doctor or filling prescriptions over the last month, your stories may be critical to improving access to healthcare for COFA residents and others in Hawai'i.
COFACAN and MHAC, with assistance from the Hawai'i Health Connector and other community partners, will be hosting a series of meetings to collect stories relating to the termination of Med-QUEST coverage for all COFA enrollees, and the enrollment of former Med-QUEST patients onto insurance plans through the Connector. These stories will help to illustrate the human impacts of healthcare discrimination in our islands!
PLEASE, ATTEND AND SPREAD THE WORD REGARDING THESE MEETINGS IF YOU OR OTHERS YOU KNOW MAY BE AFFECTED!
March 19, Waipahu Intermediate School Cafeteria, 94-455 Farrington Hwy, Waipahu, HI 96797, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
March 20, Kūhiō Park Terrace Social Hall, 1475 Linapuni St. Bldg. A Social Hall Honolulu, HI 96819, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
April 11, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 720 N. King St., Honolulu 96813, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Information regarding insurance plans and options for changing coverage will also be provided, to help former Med-QUEST enrollees select a plan that best suits their needs.
Stay tuned for more opportunities to share your stories and support health justice for all of Hawai'i's communities!
Examples of possible stories from reports that we have already received:
1. Being denied treatment or finding yourself unable to continue seeing your current physician, due to changes in insurance you were unaware of
2. Being charged for prescription medication beyond what you can afford
3. Receiving bills for insurance premium costs if your income is below the Federal Poverty Level, or if you are pregnant, over 65 years old, blind or disabled
4. Being told that you are enrolled on a different plan than what you selected through the Hawai'i Health Connector
5. Being denied dialysis or other treatment when you are pregnant, over 65 years old, blind or disabled
For more information on the recent changes to healthcare safety nets for COFA residents, including the termination of Med-QUEST eligibility, attend this event, or see our blog post here.