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News Release

June 28, 2012
HMSA will move forward with health care reform in Hawaii

Robyn Kuraoka
(808) 948-6826

Today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means the Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA) will continue to advance health care reform in the state and offer the current level of benefits and access to doctors and hospitals.

“We are strong advocates for health care reform and access to quality, affordable health care for Hawaii’s people. HMSA’s effort to increase access to care, slow the growth of health care costs, and support preventive health, individual responsibility, and transparency were underway long before the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010,” said Robert P. Hiam, HMSA’s chief executive officer.

“Preventive health services keep people healthy and help hold the line on health care costs in Hawaii. We will continue to make these benefits available to current and future HMSA employer groups and members,” Hiam said.

HMSA’s current benefits include:

  • Preventive health care services without copayments, including yearly preventive medical visits, screening for high blood pressure and diabetes, and all standard immunizations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
  • Coverage of dependents up to the age of 26 on their parents’ plan, including those not enrolled in school, not dependents on their parents’ tax returns, and those who are married.
  • No lifetime dollar limits on policies.
  • Clear and timely options for appeals.

About HMSA

HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit society founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health care, business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community. HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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