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Hawaii News Now's Keahi Tucker covers the new free clinic Aloha Free Clinic

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Honolulu Civil Beat) – Hawaii’s lieutenant governor and a local doctor are making plans to open a temporary free medical clinic in Kalihi to assist people who have lost their job and health insurance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 220,000 people have filed for unemployment insurance since March. Health insurance in Hawaii is frequently tied to employment, due to a state law that mandates coverage for people who work more than 20 hours a week. The recent uptick in Medicaid applications during the pandemic signals more people are looking for ways to cover their health insurance.

That’s the patient population that Lt. Gov. Josh Green and Dr. James Ireland, the doctor … (read more)

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