As federal officials battle over health care changes, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) has opened a new center that will provide in-person information for people with questions.
The HMSA Center @ Honolulu opened Tuesday on the first floor of the company’s Keeaumoku Street building with a blessing.
The new 3,600 square foot space includes a state-of-the-art health screening station, self-service kiosks, and a central area for HMSA’s healthy living seminars. For now, the center will address questions about health care reform, which will soon require almost everyone in Hawaii to have health insurance.
“Choosing a health plan and knowing exactly what you’re getting can be confusing” said Michael A. Gold, HMSA president and chief executive officer. “We don’t want people to choose a plan only to find out the benefits they need aren’t covered, and we don’t want them paying for more coverage than they’ll use.”
The new HMSA Center @ Honolulu is the first of three neighborhood centers planned for this year. The HMSA Center @ Pearl City is scheduled to open in the Pearl City Gateway Center later this month and the HMSA Center @ Hilo is scheduled open at the Waiakea Center in December. The schedule for the new centers are currently scheduled as:
- HMSA Center @ Honolulu: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday
- HMSA Center @ Pearl City: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Hawaii consumers who want to buy a health plan through Hawaii’s online health insurance marketplace, the Hawai‘i Health Connector, will also be able to get help at the HMSA Centers.