On January 14, Gov. David Ige announced that the state signed a contract with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii to operate and manage the state hospitals in Maui County. Kaiser will start operating the hospitals on July 1, 2016. Here are some FAQs to address any questions you may have about this change:
What state hospitals will be affected?
- Maui Memorial Medical Center
- Kula Hospital
- Lanai Community Hospital
I’m an HMSA member on Maui or Lanai. Do I have to do anything to make sure I get care?
No. Nothing will change for HMSA members. You can still see your doctor and go to the state hospitals on Maui and Lanai, even when they’re managed by Kaiser.
I’m scheduled to have a procedure covered by HMSA at Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, or Lanai Community Hospital. Can I still have the procedure?
Yes, you can still have the procedure. This change won’t affect your HMSA plan benefits.
Will Kaiser own the state hospitals on Maui?
No. According to the announcement, Kaiser will operate and manage the hospitals. The state will continue to own the facilities.