Tomorrow, January 5, 2015, the Department of Human Services will hold a public hearing on proposed rulemaking that would 1) Repeal current rules extending Med-QUEST coverage to COFA residents, and providing limited healthcare services for legal permanent residents of less than 5 years; 2) Adopt rules for "Med-QUEST-like" healthcare coverage of Aged, Blind, or Disabled residents present under COFA; and 3) Adopt rules for a Premium Assistance Program providing limited state subsidies for qualifying "Silver" health insurance plans purchased through the Hawai'i Healthcare Connector, which are also eligible for federal subsidies. The public notice for tomorrow's public hearing can be found here.
Last November's emergency rules extending such Med-QUEST benefits were intended to provide continuous health insurance coverage for COFA community members then enrolled in Med-QUEST, while they pursued alternative health insurance plans. However, as detailed in the letter below, a myriad number of obstacles in obtaining such alternative coverage threatens to leave thousands uninsured by March.
Tomorrow's public hearing will take place at the state Kalanimoku Building, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 322, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96817, and will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Those who wish to support the COFA community are encouraged to arrive at the Kalanimoku building at 8:00 a.m., to coordinate testimony for consistency and impact.