BY HAWAII PRIMARY CARE ASSOCIATION — Candidates Neil Abercrombie, Lynn Finnegan, Brian Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa will participate in a forum on health care in Hawaii at the 2010 Hawaii Primary Care Association (HPCA) Annual Conference on Friday, October 8th.

As implementation of the Affordable Care Act begins, policy makers will need to manage the impending changes in federal statute and their effect on Hawai‘i, while also grappling with ongoing financial challenges in Medicaid and statewide shortages in the health care workforce. The Hawai‘i Primary Care Association will be hosting the candidates forum on the second day of its 2010 Annual Conference.

The panel discussion, to be moderated by Dan Boylan, will center on federal health care reform and its effect on Hawai‘i, Medicaid modernization, workforce development, and the patient-centered medical home. All of the major party candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and the 1st congressional district races were invited to participate in the forum.

The two-day conference, being held in the Coral Ballroom at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, begins Thursday, October 7th, and concludes with the candidate forum on Friday, October 8th at 3:00 p.m. The conference is regularly attended by two hundred health care leaders from across the state.

More information about the conference can be found at http://www.hawaiipca.net/60/annual-conference.  Media participation is welcome. Organizations may contact Beverly Chin at 778-3104 or bchin@hawaiipca.net for more information on attendance.

Established in 1989, the Hawai‘i Primary Care Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering primary health care—basic medical, dental and behavioral health, and health education services—for medically underserved communities including low-income families, native Hawaiians, immigrants, homeless individuals, and people without health insurance. The organization seeks to expand access to high-quality health care and sustain that level of care through a statewide network of community health centers. For more information please visit http://www.hawaiipca.net.

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