HPCA Legislative Package 2011
The Hawai‘i Primary Care Association continues its steadfast advocacy this legislative session on behalf of health centers statewide and the communities that they serve. Though this year will present the same budgetary challenges, our focused 2011 agenda prioritizes health center needs in a way that best supports growth while also laying the foundation for broad-based system transformation.
Organized around the principle of "Live.Well." this year's agenda proposes a series of funding and Medicaid modernization initiatives that will help strengthen health centers and also change the focus of health care in Hawai‘i from treatment of illness to promotion of wellness. By modernizing the Medicaid system to support patient-centered health care homes - models of care that proactively focus on prevention, integration of care, and wellness - we can improve health outcomes for those afflicted with chronic illnesses while also reducing long-term health care costs. This innovative concept, which rewards providers for improving health and encouraging wellness care, rather than simply treating illnesses, has enjoyed remarkable success across the country. (Read why community health centers are the ideal patient-centered medical home.)
In order to prepare health centers for the anticipated increase in patients brought on by Medicaid modernization as well as patients newly-insured by federal health care reform, we are also proposing omnibus funding legislation to ensure readiness of the infrastructure needed to care for nearly a third of Hawai‘i's people. Other priorities, including our support for workforce development and oversight of the Affordable Care Act implementation, also reinforce transformation of our system of care.
We encourage you to learn more about our legislative priorities and to support our wellness agenda. On behalf of the more than 125,000 patients cared for by Hawai‘i’s Community Health Centers, mahalo nui loa.