1938 - 2013

From the day our nonprofit member association opened for business on June 1, 1938, HMSA has been committed to providing access to quality, affordable health care for our members. Times have changed, but our commitment to you remains the same. We’re honored that generations of Hawaii residents have trusted HMSA as their health plan and we continue to work hard to offer health plan options that meet your needs.


In 1935, a group of Hawaii social workers studies the idea of forming a nonprofit, member-focused association to share medical costs by pooling their money.

The Hawaii Medical Service Association opens for business on June 1, 1938.


HMSA joins the Blue Shield Association.

HMSA opens offices on Kauai, Hawaii Island, and Maui.


HMSA introduces the Major Medical Plan to protect members against the cost of catastrophic illness.

By 1958, HMSA has 155,000 members.


HMSA develops health plans for senior citizens, college students, and the unemployed.

Drug, dental, and vision plans, along with preventive benefits are introduced.


HMSA introduces the Community Health Program, our first HMO, in 1972.

Hawaii passes the Prepaid Health Care Act of 1974, requiring nearly all employers to provide health insurance to full-time employees.


Health Plan Hawaii is certified as a federally qualified HMO.

The HMSA Foundation is established to extend our commitment to our community.


HMSA joins the Blue Cross Association and becomes the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan of Hawaii.

HMSA begins contracting with Hawaii QUEST, a state program with medical, dental, and behavioral health benefits for Medicaid or State Health Insurance Program recipients.


HMSA is recognized by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as one of its top 10 plans for handling member claims accurately and promptly.

The HMSA Initiative for Innovation and Quality (HI-IQ) commits $50 million to support electronic medical record systems for physicians and quality improvements for hospitals.


HMSA introduces Akamai Advantage, which offers additional benefits and services for Medicare beneficiaries.

Michael A. Gold succeeds Robert P. Hiam as president and chief executive officer.