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Eleni Gill is a reporter covering public health for Civil Beat. Her coverage is funded in part by a grant from Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.
She covers disparities in health care outcomes and access to care among Native Hawaiians and other ethnic groups, low-income communities and residents of more remote areas.
She has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter.
Eleni was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She graduated from American University in 2014 and earned her master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2019.
As of Thursday, the Hawaii Health Department had yet to identify any suspect coronavirus cases in Hawaii, but continues to investigate the Hawaii vacation of a Japanese couple who later fell ill.
Only 25% of kids between 1 and 2 years old get tested, in part because it’s not required. A bill in the Legislature would require mandatory testing for the first time.
The state is working to identify anyone who may have come in contact with the man.
UPDATED: A state Med-QUEST plan to simplify its insurance playing field by offering two health plans to Medicaid patients on neighbor islands is receiving pushback.
If it passes, Hawaii would be the fifth state allowing importation of drugs from north of the border.
The man who traveled to Hubei Province in China has not shown any symptoms, but his health will be monitored in quarantine.
Some Hawaii residents who traveled to China are staying behind doors for two weeks to ensure they weren’t exposed to the coronavirus.
Two Chinese people taken into federal custody at Honolulu’s airport were reported to be seeking asylum because of the virus.
The benefit was cut from Medicaid 10 years ago and local dentists say they can see the consequences.
Hawaii officials believe the likelihood of using the facility remains low, since many Chinese cities are on lockdown and most air travel is on hold.
Hawaii’s Medicaid division has to temporarily suspend its insurance contract awards until a dispute is resolved.
Costly and strict diagnostic protocols mean a long wait to find out if someone has the disease. That may soon change thanks to blood tests in the works at UH Hilo.