JUNE 1, 2019


Gintong Pamana Leadership Award Recipients Chosen

KAHULUI, MAUI—The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce announced its four recipients of the Gintong Pamana Leadership Awards who will be honored during the Gintong Pamana Leadership and Scholarship Awards banquet on June 12, 2019, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel. Event tickets are available at $65 each.

The Gintong Pamana Leadership Award is given to leaders who’ve made outstanding contributions to the community.

The four awardees are Melen Agcolicol, owner and operator of Copy Services; Dionicia Cabias, staff supervisor at Hale Makua Health Services; Greg “Jay” Peros, general manager of the Maui Beach Hotel; and Tante Urban, owner & president of Tante’s Island Cuisine.

“We are grateful to have this opportunity to honor our outstanding community leaders of Filipino ancestry and express our gratitude to each of them.” said Dulce Butay, event chair and board member of the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce.

Past honorees have included first Filipino-American elected in public office Richard Caldito (2006), Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran (1995), and former Maui County Councilmember Don Guzman (2012).

The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation also announced it will be giving out a record breaking 19 scholarships to students for 2019.

For information on tickets or the event, contact Dulce Butay at (808) 268-5354 or visit www.mauifilipinochamber.com.


UH Regents Approve Freeze of Tuition Rates Through 2021

The University of Hawai?i Board of Regents (BOR) voted a three-year freeze of undergraduate tuition rates at UH’s 10 campuses beginning with the 2020–2021 academic year.

The new tuition schedule also decreases general graduate student tuition rates at UH M?noa. “The new schedule ensures affordable higher education for the people of Hawai?i while providing stability over a multi-year period that will aid student recruitment and retention,” said UH President David Lassner. “It also increases our competitiveness in the broader higher education landscape as we strive to provide Hawai?i with a more educated workforce and citizenry.”

Tuition for UH Manoa undergraduate students for 2019-23 is $5,652 (resident), $16,668 (nonresident).

At the UH Community Colleges, for lower division courses, tuition is $131 per credit hour for residents and $345 per credit hour for nonresidents. For upper division/300-level courses at UH Maui College’s four-year degree programs and Leeward Community College’s advanced professional certificate in special education, tuition is $306 per credit hour for residents and $846 per credit hour for nonresidents for the 2019–2020 academic year, and is unchanged for the 2020–2023 academic years.


Rep Mizuno Concerned with Possible Medicaid Violations

Representative John M. Mizuno, Chair of the House Health Committee, said he plans on submitting a letter to the State Attorney General’s office, the Department of Health, and the Department of Human Services to secure clarification and review of an incident in which a Community Care Family Foster Home (CCFFH), a Medicaid care home, tried to force a current private pay patient to leave its three-patient facility because that patient is transitioning from private pay status to Medicaid pay status.

“I was contacted by a person concerned that his father, who is a private pay client in a Medicaid community care home, would be kicked out of his current care home because he will become a Medicaid status patient,” Rep. Mizuno said.

Mizuno said the fee that homes can charge Medicaid patients each month is less than they charge a private patient. But Hawai?i Revised Statutes Sec. 321-481 provides in part, “The department, in its discretion, may certify a [community Medicaid] home for a third adult who is at the nursing facility level of care and is a Medicaid recipient.”

“What this means is that Medicaid care homes are allowed no more than two patients, however, if in the discretion of the health department such a Medicaid care home is allowed a third patient, such a patient MUST be a Medicaid patient,” Mizuno said.

“If a Medicaid care home ‘dumps’ a private pay patient because he/she will become a Medicaid patient, this action circumvents the entire foundation of legally certifying Medicaid care homes in our state. This may be a violation of the law,” Mizuno said.


AARP Seeks 2019 Andrus Award for Community Service Nominees

AARP Hawai‘i is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Hawai‘i residents 50+ who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.

“AARP Hawai‘i is excited to shine a light on Hawai‘i’s exceptional volunteers who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Jackie Boland, AARP Hawai‘i Outreach Director.

Nominees do not have to be AARP volunteers, but their service should reflect AARP’s vision and mission to empower Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.

The award recipient will be announced later this year and AARP Hawai‘i will donate $500 to an organization of the recipient’s choice.

More information and application forms are available at aarp.org/AndrusAward. You can also email Ida Holtsinger at ida-aarp@hawaiiantel.net or 808-545-6025 for further information and a nomination form. The application deadline is July 15, 2019.

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