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Imua’s Kokua Outreach to help residents sign up for health insurance

Uninsured and the underinsured are program’s focus

The Maui News

Imua Family Services has begun the Kokua Outreach Program to facilitate health insurance enrollment for uninsured or underinsured county residents with an emphasis on people from Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau, the nonprofit agency announced last month.

Imua outreach and eligibility specialists will provide education and navigation support to the state and county to reach at-risk communities and also focus on homeless people, the LGBT community, farm and service workers and recently released people from correctional facilities. While these populations are the focus of the services, the program is open to all residents of the county.

Through Kokua Outreach, Imua Family Services may identify families and children who could benefit from other services provided by Imua and other partner agencies who have been overlooked because they have not been part of the health care system, the news release said.

Imua Family Services’ new outreach and eligibility specialist, Genevieve DeRago, will attend health and wellness events, such as the 12th annual Traveling Mini-Conference sponsored by Leadership in Disabilities & Achievement of Hawaii on Lanai on Aug. 22. Imua Family Services welcomes any introductions or information on upcoming events that will help it reach residents of Maui, Lanai and Molokai.

“The program has the potential to bring a brighter future to island families who are in need of health care,” the Imua Family Services news release said.

For more information, contact Imua Family Services at 244-7467.

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