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More than 10,000 children in isles remain uninsured - Hawaii News

There are 12 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Sep 22, 2009, titled More than 10,000 children in isles remain uninsured - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Hawaii appears to be increasing health insurance coverage among residents. But despite the state's health insurance programs for the poor and elderly, it still has tens of thousands of uninsured, including more than 10,000 children.

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huh

Pearl City, HI

#1 Sep 22, 2009
HMSA and Kaiser have childrens insurance under $100

that GAP group needs to sign their kids up
Spud2

Saginaw, MI

#2 Sep 22, 2009
How can Hawaii have uninsured children with the federal SCHIP program covering them until the age of 25? Smoke'm if you got'em! It for the children.
Puka shells

Honolulu, HI

#3 Sep 22, 2009
1st in the nation with 3 generations under the same roof. Is there any other choice with rents unaffordable. Lots of jobs that pay only minimum pay so people have to have more than 1 job. Our Filipino population is probably why we our #1 in the nation where 3 generations live together. I take my hat off because they set a example of getting along with extended family. The #1 position for carpooling baffles me. When I observe rush hour and how many cars have just the driver aboard I think the consensus is mistaken. The HOV lane with very few vehicles with 3 people aboard looks deserted and should be changed back to just 2.
bumpercrop

Ewa Beach, HI

#4 Sep 22, 2009
If the most socialized place outside of Cuba and North Korea doesn't insure everyone what chance is there for an entire country of 300 million. I say garbage, don't let the government get their fingers into everything. Maybe some people don't want to be insured. Deal with it.
You breed um you feed um

Aiea, HI

#5 Sep 22, 2009
How is this my problem?

As a responsible person who takes care of his family why should my taxes be raised to provide insurance for people who aren't responsible enough to not have kids when they can't afford to take care of them?
Jerry Okamura

Kula, HI

#6 Sep 22, 2009
The medical inflation rate is at or above 8% per year? Doesn't that mean that the cost of health insurance has to increase by at least that amount every year? What is the annual increase in a persons take home pay?
swannie

Ocean View, HI

#7 Sep 22, 2009
I'm a fixed income retiree, the outfit I retired from tossed all the retired folks under the bus from participating in the group medical plan. Reading about the tidy compensation packages that HMSA et. al. executives give themselves while denying payouts to policy holders raises my blood pressure, so I self insure. I bank 6000$ dollars every year that would otherwise feed those jackals. It takes some will power not to spend that money, at least I know it's there for treatment I may need, which is a lot more than you can say for the insurance company promises.
ilima

Honolulu, HI

#8 Sep 22, 2009
"Schwartz said the department halted the release of funds for the gap group because people who could afford insurance were entering the health insurance program."

Don't you get it, Schwartzy? Those folks COULD NOT afford health insurance. We have the highest housing costs in the country. Food is similarly expensive. Many are hanging on by a thread despite making well over the median income.

You suck, Toni Schwartz and so does Linda Lingle. Kids DESERVE insurance regardless of their parents' income. If their parents aren't providing insurance, the state should ensure they are insured!!
Pualani

Honolulu, HI

#9 Sep 22, 2009
I have one grandson with no medical insurance. He used to be on medquest but CPS with the court's approval, gave him to his father, who does have a job and medical insurance for himself but feels it costs too much to also insure his son. I am willing to add him to my medical plan and pay for a family plan to cover him but my carrier requires I be the legal guardian. The father won't allow that because he likes having his son as a dependent for tax purposes. I don't care; I just want my grandson to have medical coverage! Who can we turn to for help in this type of situation.I have a hard time understanding how his father can let him go without coverage!!!
Mike

Ronan, MT

#10 Sep 22, 2009
As soon as we get rid of for profit health insurance all of these problems related to health care in Hawaii and the rest of the U.S. will quickly be solved.
doi

Aiea, HI

#11 Sep 22, 2009
Pualani wrote:
I have one grandson with no medical insurance. He used to be on medquest but CPS with the court's approval, gave him to his father, who does have a job and medical insurance for himself but feels it costs too much to also insure his son. I am willing to add him to my medical plan and pay for a family plan to cover him but my carrier requires I be the legal guardian. The father won't allow that because he likes having his son as a dependent for tax purposes. I don't care; I just want my grandson to have medical coverage! Who can we turn to for help in this type of situation.I have a hard time understanding how his father can let him go without coverage!!!
Poppa only thinks about himself and how much money he can save for himself.

Since: Jan 09

Mililani, HI

#12 Sep 22, 2009
Mike wrote:
As soon as we get rid of for profit health insurance all of these problems related to health care in Hawaii and the rest of the U.S. will quickly be solved.
Uhhhh..yeah..got it.

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