Hawaii Medicaid flier leaves out key insurer

Hawaii Medicaid flier leaves out key insurer

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Medicaid health insurance program mailed out fliers incorrectly stating that Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is not accepting new members for its Medicaid plan.

But that was a surprise to officials at Kaiser, who say they have plenty of room for new members.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the enrollment period allowing members to switch health plans has passed. But Department of Human Services spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld says people will get additional time to select Kaiser for coverage.

Kaiser spokeswoman Laura Lott says she has no idea how the mistake happened. She says the company has 24,000 Quest members and has a cap of 30,000.

Lawmakers have received complaints from residents who want to sign up for Kaiser but were told they could not.

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