We Are UHA

Providing medical, drug and vision plans for Hawaii businesses since 1996.

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Founded by physicians.

UHA was founded by a group of physician teachers at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine. Their mission was to bring a simpler, more caring approach to employee health insurance. 

Learn more about UHA and our Brand Story here.

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Quality you’ll notice.

UHA is accredited by URAC, a nationally-recognized, independent non-profit organization that measures a health insurer’s clinical decision making, respect for patient rights and access to care. 

Learn more about UHA’s URAC accreditation here.

What people are saying about UHA.

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Leader in wellness and prevention.

UHA was the first to offer a health plan that includes preventive care with no deductible or co-payment. All UHA plans now cover immunizations, well-care exams, screening tests, disease management, and more.

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Expert UHA Work Well team.

Our UHA Work Well team offers proven solutions to enhance employee well-being. Following our “Believe, Belong, Become℠” wellness model, employees discover healthy behaviors that can improve their life.

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Solid financial base.

UHA is financially strong, maintains comfortable reserves and has a consistent track record of rate stability. As a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, UHA must meet strict financial conditions for creditworthiness.

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Studied by the CDC.

Employee wellness should be part of every company’s culture and incorporated into each work day. As shown in this case study, our approach is designed to meet the mental, physical and spiritual needs of our associates.

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Supporting Our Community

UHA encourages a culture of wellness and community service among our associates. We believe that BETTER HEALTH means a BETTER LIFE for each of us. To this end, UHA is pleased to annually sponsor various non-profit organizations and community events that provide activities promoting better health. In addition, UHA awards each associate up to 8 hours of annual paid leave to participate in approved community events.

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Understanding quality measurement.

Quality health care doesn’t just happen. By meeting strict quality standards to ensure clinically sound decision-making that respects the rights of both patients and medical providers, UHA Health Insurance receives accreditation in Health Utilization Management through URAC, an independent non-profit organization that promotes health care quality through accreditation and certification programs.

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Our Leadership

Executive Staff

Howard Lee
President and Chief Executive Officer​
Lance Kaneshiro
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
George O. McPheeters, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Darren Nakao
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Alan Saka
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Emily Santiago, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of industry leaders in the community, all with different strengths and backgrounds. Together they bring their varied expertise to make UHA a well-rounded company.

Howard S. Todo
Chairperson
CPA
Mark H. Yamakawa
Vice Chair/Director
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hawaii Dental Service
Howard Lee
Director
President and Chief Executive Officer
UHA
Art Gladstone
Director
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Hawai’i Pacific Health
Byron Yoshino
Director
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pharmacare Hawaii
Gaylyn Li, MD
Director
Retired
Obstetrics/Gynecology
James Scoggin, MD
Director
Orthopedic Surgeon
Honolulu Sports Medical Clinic
Lena Young
Director
Retired
JTB Hawaii
Michael Walsh
Director
Retired CFO
Queen Liliuokalani Trust
Melialani James
Director
President, Hawaii Venture Capital Association
Co-Founder, Mana Up

Physician Advisory Council

The Physician Advisory Council consists of physicians who are part of the UHA participating provider network, and who have demonstrated their expertise as physicians, medical scientists, and/or medical educators.

The council members are nominated by UHA’s Chief Medical Officer, and approved by the Board of Directors. Their main purpose is to serve as advisors. Some of their duties include developing and overseeing strategies to improve the quality of UHA’s health care standards, and to review, measure and evaluate the effectiveness and performance of UHA’s health care quality.

George O. McPheeters, MD
(Chair)
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Howard Lee
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kathy Kozak, MD
Medical Director
William Hartman, MD
Gastroenterology
Stephen Kemble, MD
Psychiatry
Gaylyn Li, MD
Retired Obstetrics/Gynecology
Kuo-Chiang Lian, MD
Internal Medicine/Hospitalist/Medical Administration
Gregorio Maldini, MD
General Surgery
James Scoggin, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
Kelley Withy, MD
Family Medicine
Hingson Chun, MD
Cardiovascular Disease
Anne Kemble, MD
Cardiology
Gloria Carlile, MD
Pediatrics
Joseph Aoki, MD
Anatomic & Clinical Pathology

Strategic Advisory Panel

The panel members are nominated by UHA’s Chief Medical Officer, and approved by the Board of Directors. Their main purpose is to serve as advisors to the Physician Advisory Council and the Board of Directors. Their duties include strategic planning regarding payment reform, physicians and hospital engagement, community interactions with UHA, and topics related to legislation.

George O. McPheeters, MD
(Chair)
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Howard Lee
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kathy Kozak, MD
Medical Director
Jonathan Cho, MD
Hematology
Paul A. DeMare, MD
Radiation Oncology
Roy O. Kamada, MD
Cardiovascular Disease
James Navin, MD
Pathology
Stephen Kemble, MD
Psychiatry
William Hartman, MD
Gastroenterology
Gaylyn Li, MD
Retired Obstetrics/Gynecology
Hingson Chun, MD
Cardiovascular Disease

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