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HECO will offer discounts to residents using medical equipment at home

The mouthpiece of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device delivers enough pressurized air to keep the breathing passage of someone who has obstructive sleep apnea open throughout the night.
Dr P. Marazzi
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Science Source
The mouthpiece of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device delivers enough pressurized air to keep the breathing passage of someone who has obstructive sleep apnea open throughout the night.

The Hawaiian Electric Company has established a new program that will give discounts to customers with special medical needs.

The discount program first launched as a pilot program in 2017. It became a permanent program starting April 1.

The Special Medical Needs rate offers a discount of $0.04 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) on the first 500 kWh in any month. Customers with the medical discount can save up to $20 each month on their electricity bills.

Eligible medical conditions include:

  • Dependent on a life-support device used in the home, which includes but is not limited to: respirators; iron lungs; hemodialysis machines; suction machines; electric nerve stimulators; pressure pads and pumps; aerosol tents; electrostatic and ultrasonic nebulizers; compressors; intermittent positive pressure breathing (IPPB) machines; and motorized wheelchairs; or
  • A paraplegic, hemiplegic, or quadriplegic person, or a multiple sclerosis patient with special heating and/or cooling needs; or
  • A person being treated for a life-threatening illness, or a person with a compromised immune system with special heating and/or cooling needs to sustain the life of the person or prevent deterioration of the person's medical condition; or
  • A scleroderma patient with special heating needs.

A Hawaiʻi-licensed physician must provide a signature to confirm the medical condition. This program is available to no more than 2,000 total residential customers on Oʻahu, Maui County, and Hawaiʻi Island.

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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