LIHUE — John McComas, CEO of AlohaCare, said the organization takes its name and mission seriously.
“We got our name from the people of Waianae,” McComas said. “There was a board member, a Native Hawaiian lady who was much taller and bigger than myself, who came to see me when I started in 1996, a year and a half after AlohaCare was started. She told me to treat the name with respect, or they will take away the name.”
AlohaCare dedicated its Kauai walk-in customer center Friday to offer its Kauai clients the convenience of being able to talk to people in person.
“This is an awesome resource for caring for people,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. “Hawaii has a history of caring for its people.”
Since its inception as a local nonprofit health provider in 1994, AlohaCare has proven its relevance in the field of health care by quickly becoming Hawaii’s most innovative health plan focused on caring for those who are medically fragile or underserved on Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, Hawaii island, and now Kauai, said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in a message delivered by her Kauai liason, Kaulana Finn.
McComas said there are about 6,000 Kauai residents who are in the QUEST Integration, a Medicaid managed care program under the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services.
The Kauai AlohaCare office is at Dynasty Court, 4473 Pahee Street, Suite N. It is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.