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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
UH Cancer Center: E-Cigs are Cutting Deep into our Tobacco Tax Revenue—So We’re Hitting Back
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 3587 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Higher Education, Taxes
What if people stop smoking cigarettes? How are you going to pay the mortgage and salaries?
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Friday, January 22, 2016
Everything you need to know about Zika, virus that’s spreading like wildfire
By Selected News Articles @ 11:07 PM :: 2849 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

... will anti-GMO activists block mosquito eradication efforts? ....

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Friday, January 22, 2016
Only 12,764 people in Hawaii sign up for Obamacare with days to go
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 2718 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

January 31 is the end of open enrollment....

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Full Text: Ige Signs Agreement Privatizing Maui Hospitals
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 3762 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...transferring the operation and management of the HHSC Maui Region health care facilities from the state to Kaiser Permanente....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Hawaii: Only 11,949 Sign up for Obamacare
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 2845 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

To have their coverage effectuated, consumers generally need to pay their first month’s health plan premium. This release does not include totals for effectuated enrollments.....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Expert Slams Hawaii Legislature for Lumping E-Cigs in with Tobacco
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 2937 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the new law incorrectly lumps e-cigarettes and lower-risk smokeless tobacco products in with the much more harmful nicotine cigarettes....

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Thursday, January 07, 2016
Study: E-Cig Vapers and Public Health Community Should be United Against Big Tobacco
By Ed Case @ 3:59 AM :: 2512 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

A recently published study proposes a pact between the public health community and the vaping community to combat a shared enemy, Big Tobacco....

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Confucius on Hawaii’s New Smoking Age
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:14 PM :: 2702 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement
“If you lead the people with administrative injunctions and keep the them orderly with penal law, they will avoid punishments but will be without a sense of personal ethics....”
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
KOLEA: After Burning $155M, Hawaii’s Other Obamacare Eligibility System Falls Short
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:45 PM :: 3368 Views :: Health Care

Med-QUEST Division did not properly plan for or implement the ACA....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Survey Designed to Push for Long Term Care Insurance Mandate
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 2647 Views :: Health Care

...only 24 percent trust that the government will help them....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Obamacare: COFA Gets 60 Day Extension after 4,300 fail to Reenroll
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 2953 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...the total number of lives covered through 2015 enrollment was 16,803. For the current 2016 open enrollment period preliminary reports indicate enrollments of approximately 12,500 lives....

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Monday, December 21, 2015
Report: Hawaii Youth Drug Overdose Deaths Double
By News Release @ 12:25 PM :: 3731 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii had the Sixth Lowest Rate of Youth Drug Overdose Death Rates, Rate has Doubled in Just Over a Decade....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Hawaii Poorly Prepared to Resist Infectious Disease Outbreak
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 2644 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii Scored Five Out of 10 on Key Indicators Related to Preventing, Detecting, Diagnosing and Responding to Outbreaks....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Vegetarian Questions
By Jack Dini @ 3:00 PM :: 3860 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

...fruits, vegetables, diary and seafood are more harmful to the environment because these foods have relatively high resource uses and green gas emissions per calorie....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
HHSC, DoH: Nineteen special funds and two trust funds did not meet criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:02 PM :: 2244 Views :: Health Care

Sixty-three special funds, revolving funds, trust funds, and trust accounts were reviewed....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Lawsuit: Deadly ‘Natural’ Supplement contained “methamphetamine-like chemical”
By Selected News Articles @ 12:53 PM :: 3174 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

'Natural' supplement makers are a key funding source for the anti-GMO movement....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Desperate: Obamacare Deadline Extended 48 Hours
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 2233 Views :: Health Care

...must enroll by 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Feds: ‘Organic Farms and General Opposition to Chemicals Present Insurmountable Obstacle’ to Dengue Eradication
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 3964 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

"...homeowner reluctance (many organic farms in the area and general opposition to chemicals) ... likely present unsurmountable obstacles...."

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Study: Honolulu Lowest Per-Patient Health Spending in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 AM :: 2548 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...spending per privately insured beneficiary in the highest spending HRR (Napa, CA) was $5,515.95, more than three times as high as spending in the lowest spending HRR (Honolulu, HI), which spent $1,707.38 per person....

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Friday, December 11, 2015
Medicare Penalizes Maui Memorial, Pali Momi, Wahiawa General over Safety Incidents
By Selected News Articles @ 12:20 AM :: 3134 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Medicare will lower all its payments to the penalized hospitals by 1 percent over the course of the federal fiscal year, which runs through September 2016....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Gambling with our health in 2016
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:04 PM :: 3356 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...our monthly premium is going up over $200 – an increase of 34%. To be able to afford health insurance, we are downgrading our health care plan....

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
National Report: Hawaii Ranks 6th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
By News Release @ 1:16 PM :: 2622 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
Tobacco Companies Spend $4 to Market Products for Every $1 Hawaii Spends on Prevention....
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Friday, December 04, 2015
Hawaii Biotech Receives Contract To Develop Dengue Vaccine–Anti-GMO Activist Gabbard Supports
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 3028 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

Leading anti-GMO, anti-Vaxxers, and anti-pesticide activists and politicians are supporting the GMO, vaccine, and pesticide application being used to fight dengue.  They are hypocrites and need to be called on it....

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Friday, November 20, 2015
Ige Shutting Down Health Connector in Midst of Reenrollment Drive
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 2769 Views :: Health Care

Open enrollment began on Nov. 1 and concludes on Jan. 31, 2016....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Feds Indict ‘Natural’ Supplements Makers behind Hawaii Death
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 2773 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

Much of the alleged fraud focused on the defendants’ claims that their products were made from natural plant extracts.  In truth, as one defendant put it, “lol stuff is completely 100 % synthethic [sic]”....

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Friday, November 13, 2015
First Hawaii Women Veterans Conference Set for Saturday
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 3283 Views :: Health Care, Military

In Hawaii there are more than 14,000 women veterans; only 4,300 access their benefits and health care through the VA....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Congress asks Hawaii Health Exchange where the money went
By Selected News Articles @ 4:38 PM :: 2783 Views :: Health Care
“The hearing… did not answer all the committee’s questions nor fully assuaged its concerns that tax dollars have been, and are being, spent inappropriately.”
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Obamacare Covers 2.6% of Hawaii Insured
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 2673 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The uninsured rate pre-Obamacare was 7.89 percent and has fallen to a current rate of 5.27 percent, with 31,653 persons gaining health insurance....

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Thursday, November 05, 2015
Hawaii Gets 'C' on March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 2882 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...the 2015 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card for the first time grades the state’s counties and reveals persistent disparities between communities and among racial and ethnic groups....

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015
The Unaffordable Care Act
By NCPA @ 1:02 PM :: 3115 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

As the sheen wears off of subsidized health coverage, and more Americans find they are paying hundreds per month for coverage that provides few benefits....

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Hawaii Is the State with the Smallest Weight Problems
By Selected News Articles @ 12:54 PM :: 2570 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Our data set ranges from the percentage of adults and children who are overweight and obese to the sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents....

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Video: Why Privatize State Hospitals?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:43 AM :: 2393 Views :: Health Care

Leonard Gilroy, editor of the widely-read Annual Privatization Report, is an expert in how local, state, and federal governments are bringing competition to public services....

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Sunday, November 01, 2015
63% of Americans Blame Mental Health—Not Guns—for Mass Shootings
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 2567 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

...mass shootings in this country are more a reflection of problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems....

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Sunday, November 01, 2015
40,000 Hawaii Obamacare Enrollees Have to Start All Over with Feds
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 2436 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii residents can go directly to Healthcare.gov or call toll free 1(800) 318-2596 to find a suitable plan and can enroll through January 31, 2016....

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Hawaii Health Department Vulnerable to Waste and Abuse
By NCPA @ 12:30 PM :: 2934 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

An investigation by Hawaii's state auditor into the state's Department of Health....

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Friday, October 23, 2015
State, Kaiser Begin Maui Hospital Negotiations
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 3460 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The state will negotiate in good faith to secure the best possible outcome for our citizens and for employees of the facilities involved,” said Gov. David Ige....

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Keeping Track of Sex-Ed in DoE Classrooms
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:05 PM :: 3987 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

The new policy also requires that a description of the curriculum used by the school to be made available to parents before instruction starts....

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Labor Market Effects: Obamacare vs Hawaii Prepaid Health Care
By NCPA @ 12:15 PM :: 3292 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...0.5 to 1 percentage point increase in the part-time fraction in high-uninsurance states relative to low-uninsurance states....

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Friday, October 16, 2015
Federal Report: Hawaii Obamacare Exchange has Returned no Unspent Money
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 12:13 PM :: 2427 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii, which is in the process of closing out its exchange, received $205,342,270....

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Thursday, October 08, 2015
Obamacare: 30% of Large Employer Plans Hit by Cadillac Tax
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 2610 Views :: Health Care, Labor

New Study Finds Excise Tax is Having Significant Impact on U.S. Employers ....

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015
New Assisted Suicide Law Could Especially Hurt the Poor
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 PM :: 2946 Views :: Health Care, Life
“You read about Oregon denying someone a lung transplant, but, ‘Here, you can you have these pills.’”
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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Obamacare Rate Hikes Approved: 27% HMSA, 34% Kaiser
By News Release @ 2:34 AM :: 2730 Views :: Health Care

... factors were “pent up demand” for services sought by previously uninsured individuals, transitional plans and previously low penalties for ignoring ACA’s individual mandate keeping healthy populations out of the marketplace, high cost specialty drugs, and ACA taxes and fees ....

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Sunday, October 04, 2015
These Democrats Who Voted For Obamacare Are Now Desperate To Change It
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 AM :: 3449 Views :: Democratic Party, Health Care, Labor

Now 41 of them say it has a major flaw that needs to be changed....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Video: House Investigates Hawaii Obamacare Exchange
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 11:55 PM :: 2318 Views :: Health Care

Witnesses from six states - California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oregon – attended the hearing....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Feds Demand their Money Back from Dysfunctional Hawaii Medicaid Fraud Unit
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 3423 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

...reimbursing OIG for Federal financial participation claimed for costs related to investigations of ineligible cases, to misplaced equipment, and to unallowable costs for equipment....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Analysis: Hawaii First State to Seek Obamacare Waiver
By Selected News Articles @ 10:20 PM :: 4253 Views :: Health Care

...On September 9 Hawaii became the first state to post a draft waiver proposal for public comment....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Mazie Hirono, Bernie Sanders Denounce Obamacare Cadillac Tax
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 2795 Views :: Health Care

“The Cadillac tax is a harmful provision that would affect one in four employers,” Hirono said....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tsutsui: Ige Should Consider Halting Maui Hospital Negotiations
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 3261 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"...I believe that we should not rush to complete a deal...."

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Kaiser Selected to Operate Maui Memorial Hospital
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 3278 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

Act 103 authorized Maui Region to transfer its facilities to a new entity as a way to mitigate future budget deficits....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
'Natural' Supplements Sold in Hawaii Recalled -- 'Could be Lethal'
By Selected News Articles @ 7:12 PM :: 3485 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

Using these products for more than a month could be lethal....

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