Health care program for veterans to change this year

KIHEI — Hawaii Veterans Affairs officials announced Thursday that the VA will replace its current health system with a new, consolidated program later this year, aimed at increasing doctor choice and making it easier to use and navigate.

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The American Legion will TAKE ON HEP C and win​

The American Legion will TAKE ON HEP C and win​

Dear American Legion Family members and friends,

With your help, The American Legion will TAKE ON HEP C and win.

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, and The American Legion are working together to help our nation’s veterans get tested for hepatitis C (hep C).

Such testing is critical for veterans. Did you know that one out of every 20 veterans enrolled in the Veterans Health Administration has hep C? That’s more than three times the infection rate of the general U.S. population.

The disease affects the liver and is caused by the hep C virus. About 3.4 million Americans have chronic hep C, making it the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the nation. Hep C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.

Veterans are at a heightened risk if they received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992. Or if they worked in health-care settings with potential blood-to-blood exposure. Hep C can also be spread when personal items such as razors or toothbrushes are shared with someone who has the virus, or from getting tattoos or body piercings in unregulated settings.

The American Legion and AbbVie have worked together to bring free testing to hundreds of our nation’s veterans during the past couple of months. The TAKE ON HEP C tour bus kicked off the campaign at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota in early August. The tour also made an appearance at The American Legion’s 100th National Convention in Minneapolis. In October, it will visit Biketobferest in Daytona, Fla.

Together, The American Legion and AbbVie have provided attendees with educational resources to help them learn about the disease, understand their risk factors and receive the tests.

This part education/part testing approach is important for all veterans. The testing can help alleviate the concerns of not only a veteran, but his or her family members. And for those who test positive, it helps get started on the road to recovery.

If you are a veteran, visit to learn more about the disease, exposure risks, symptoms and testing information. Learn the risk factors, get yourself tested and – if need be – consult with your doctor about treatment.

It’s that easy. Join the fight today to TAKE ON HEP C.

Brett Reistad
National Commander

Maui Medical Group reopens for Maui vets and families

Maui Medical Group reopens for Maui vets and families

Tricare health insurance had been on hold 

Maui veterans and their families who rely on Tricare for health insurance can return to Maui Medical Group after a nearly five-month hiatus, a company administrator said Thursday.

The health care provider temporarily put a hold on seeing patients with Tricare from April to August because of questions over a new management contract with the federal program. Tricare is a health care program under the U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System. The program serves military personnel, retirees and their dependents.

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Hi Everybody,

The Military Medical Services need readiness training for their next Deployment, Tsunami, Disaster, etc.    Please volunteer just 4-1/2 hrs. of your time. If there is an emergency, we Lahaina will be depending on these medical teams.  If you and I need help they’ll be there for us.  The Military serves us every day.
So far Lahaina only has 49 volunteers and we need 144.  I’m working two shifts and I hope you can work one too.  Must be 18 yrs. and older.  See below:

MAUI COUNTY TROPIC CARE 2018 – free medical care throughout Maui County on August 11-19.

The U.S. Military, Dept. of Defense, State of Hawaii Department of Health, and County of Maui will be bringing no-cost health care to Maui residents.  Tropic Care 2018 will offer physicals, eye exams, eyeglasses, dental exams, fillings, and extractions….all at no cost!  No ID card or insurance needed!

Dates: August 11-19, 2018
Location: Waiola Church – 535 Wainee St. – Lahaina –
Shifts: 7:30AM-12noon & 11:30-4:00PM.
Questions: please call Lynn Araki-Regan, Incident Commander, at 270-7855.
See attachment for more details

People can learn about different volunteer roles and sign up online to volunteer at:
Scroll down to Lahaina or location near you and read the descriptions & select a station.Maui County appreciates your willingness to help.  Your time, your smile and your effort will make a difference helping those who need these services in our community.  The goal is to make this year’s TROPIC CARE 2018 a success. Lahaina is a special place.  Make a difference!

Please note:No politicking will be allowed at any of the Tropic Care 2018 sites.
Diane Pure