State Investigating Unlicensed Care Homes

HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — The Hawai`i State Department of Health has opened an investigation into unlicensed care facilities operating across the state. According to reports the department has received complaints relating to 114 unlicensed operations, and they say of those, 74 are still open. Thanks to a new state law passed last year officials have been able to enter and inspect 52 homes, and plan to issue citations for violations to 13 of those. Getting a license to provide paid care to someone in your home can take between three and six months the state says. But without a license most insurance companies will not reimburse the costs to patients and their families.

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