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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hospitals get $14.4 million to pay for care of uninsured

Advertiser Staff

Lt. Gov. James R. "Duke" Aiona Jr. and Department of Human Services Director Lillian Koller announced yesterday that the state is distributing $14.4 million in new federal money to private and public hospitals statewide to help defray the cost of providing care to uninsured and underinsured patients.

The $14.4 million includes $7.5 million for 16 private hospitals and $6.9 million for all public hospitals of the Hawai'i Health Systems Corporation.

Money for the private hospitals ranges from $3 million to The Queen's Medical Center to $109,184 to North Hawai'i Community Hospital and $38,514 to Moloka'i General Hospital.

The state Department of Human Services secured the money from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This money is not part of the federal stimulus package approved last year by Congress.