The Hawaii Independent
By the numbers: Lingle administration cuts universal child health care
October 17, 2008
7 months —
Keiki Care, the only universal health care program for children in the nation, has been cut only 7 months after being implemented.
The number of children covered under the program, which will be terminated as of November 1.
The monthly cost to run the program.
The monthly cost for the program, per child.
3,500 to 16,000 —
The estimated number of children lacking health coverage in Hawai'i.
The monthly cost per child for the HMSA Children's Plan, a much costlier alternative to the Keiki Care program.
$900 million —
The state's anticipated budget shortfall in 2011.
$1.8 million —
Approximate amount saved over three years by cutting the Keiki Care program.