Social Security & Medicare
Many are concerned of the promised social security benefits being reduced. Yes, this is an important concern as our Kupuna have worked hard to earn these benefits, and I believe these benefits should be paid to the elderly who depend on these benefits and who paid into the system.
One emerging concern that has arisen with the Affordable Care Act is that Medicare reimbursements to physicians was lowered. Accordingly, many doctors have refused to accept Medicare patients. Without doctors who accept Medicare insurance, the insurance is not worth much for the elderly. This is an area that needs to be corrected, and I believe Medicare reimbursements to Hawaii doctors should be increased so more doctors would accept Hawaii seniors as patients.