Lack of health coverage is an issue
that has been pushed to the forefront by many caring and concerned
In 2000, the HMSA Foundation made a three-year commitment to study
and address the growing number of Hawaii’s people without
health coverage, and The Hawai‘i Uninsured Project was born.
the importance of an open and inclusive process, a nine-month community-wide
planning initiative led to a statewide “Leadership Assembly”
in November 2000. Conference findings provided a starting point
to initiate research and begin to draw a picture of Hawaii’s
A year of analysis followed, along with gathering community suggestions
on addressing the complex problems of the uninsured. In November
2001, the Policy Summit – Ways to Insure the Uninsured –
helped to identify strategies with the greatest potential.
Three areas of focus emerged:
- employment-based insurance
- government-based insurance
- the safety net
Six months of intensive analysis led to further refinement of coverage
options. These insights were recorded and presented to a cross-section
of experts in a Coverage for All Design Forum held on May 30, 2002.
This group collectively generated what is believed to be the best
set of target areas for expansion.
In 2002,federal and national grants enabled The Hawai`i Uninsured
Project to begin operating in complete independence from HMSA Foundation.