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Saturday, January 31, 2015
'Right to Try' Legislation Can Save Lives
By Rep Gene Ward @ 6:32 PM :: 3101 Views :: Health Care, Life

“The bottom line of this bill is to start saving lives."

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Former charity director indicted for theft
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 3498 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

The defendant is the former executive director of the Hawaii Centers for Independent Living....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Slom to Feds: Investigate Criminal Hawaii Health Connector
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 8:57 PM :: 3459 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...dishonesty and financial carelessness by the managers of the Hawaii Health Connector have been so rampant as to be criminal in nature....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Procurement Violations: Feds May Demand Hawaii Health Connector Repay Grant
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:47 PM :: 2631 Views :: Health Care

...We noted numerous questionable travel and entertainment costs as well as unsupported severance pay. These questionable costs may be disallowed by the funding agency....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Thanks to Obamacare, ILWU Contract Maybe Short-Lived
By Selected News Articles @ 10:16 PM :: 3541 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...if the new contract extends longer than three years, that will be a surprise to many....

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Monday, January 26, 2015
HB92: Terminal Patients 'Right to Try' Legislation Introduced in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:33 PM :: 3079 Views :: Health Care, Life

...more than 20 states have introduced so-called "Right to Try" bills in the hopes of allowing terminally ill patients to access experimental—and potentially life-saving—treatments more easily....

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Friday, January 23, 2015
Improve Health Care Competition by Repealing State Laws
By NCPA @ 9:52 AM :: 2281 Views :: Health Care

...Repeal certificate of need (CON) laws....

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Thursday, January 22, 2015
AARP Hawaii Supports Caregiver Bill
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 4007 Views :: Family, Health Care

The CARE Act will help families by involving family caregivers more intentionally in the hospital discharge process....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Vaccination Refusal: Study Documents Rise of Ignorance in 'Progressive' Communities
By Selected News Articles @ 11:11 PM :: 2861 Views :: Health Care

...the proportion of children who’d missed one or more shots increased from an average of 8 percent at the beginning of the study period to 12.4 percent at the end....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Smoking is a Million Dollar Habit--and Hawaii is More Expensive than Most
By Selected News Articles @ 1:54 PM :: 3637 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

The cost of tobacco for every smoker is $1,029,646 over a lifetime....

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Saturday, January 17, 2015
New Medicaid Enrollees: Many Need Addiction Treatment
By Selected News Articles @ 5:52 PM :: 3629 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

...newly eligible adults will have access to addiction treatments this year, many for the first time....

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Friday, January 16, 2015
Hawaii Obamacare exchange projected to be financially viable — in 2022
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:38 PM :: 2599 Views :: Health Care

...a new report from the Hawaii Commerce and Consumer Affairs Department shows the Connector won’t be fiscally sustainable until 2022....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hawaii Senate Minority announces legislative agenda for 2015
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 5898 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Economy, Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

Top concerns include the state economy, education, the Hawaii Health Connector, oversight of the Public Utilities Commission in light of the Hawaiian Electric Industries/NextEra merger, and positively affecting the cost of living for Hawaii residents....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Litigation Update: the Affordable Care Act
By NCPA @ 1:39 PM :: 2560 Views :: Health Care

The Affordable Care Act is now law, but controversy over the bill is far from over....

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Monday, January 12, 2015
Study: Obamacare Drives Up Medical Costs, But Hawaii Prepaid Protects State
By Selected News Articles @ 9:33 PM :: 3154 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...five states with the lowest costs Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Hawaii....

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Saturday, January 10, 2015
HGEA Boss: Borreca is an Anti-Union Parrot
By Andrew Walden @ 6:53 PM :: 3862 Views :: Health Care, Labor

All of the problems sister isle medical patients face trace back to Randy Perreira's need to keep his pathetic little union presidency job....

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Friday, January 09, 2015
Last Chance? Maui Memorial Proposes Partnership with Straub, Pali Momi--HGEA Rejects
By Andrew Walden @ 11:36 PM :: 5151 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Setting the stage as the executives walked in, the Hawaiian flag flew upside down outside HHSC's Leahi Hospital....

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Friday, January 09, 2015
Hawaii to Fill Medicaid Fee Shortfall for Six Months
By Andrew Walden @ 11:06 PM :: 2443 Views :: Health Care

Without the six-month extension, Medicaid providers in Hawaii would have suffered a 48 percent pay cut....

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015
HHSC Maui and HPH -- Solutions for Hospitals' Longevity
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 2718 Views :: Health Care

HHSC Maui Region Enters Partnership Discussion with Hawai‘i Pacific Health....

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015
American Cancer Society Hawaii: 6,730 New Cases of Cancer Expected in 2015
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 3239 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...It is projected that 2,470 will lose their lives this year in Hawaii because of cancer....

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Full Text: Health Connector Releases Annual Report
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 2379 Views :: Health Care

AP: Insurer reports ongoing problems with Hawaii health exchange....

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Monday, January 05, 2015
No Health Benefit from Cigarette Tax Hikes
By NCPA @ 11:42 AM :: 3051 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

Smokers earning less than $30,000 annually spent 14.2 percent of their income on cigarettes....

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Friday, January 02, 2015
DHS Gives Medicaid Doctors Six-Month Reprieve from 48% Pay Cut
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 2861 Views :: Health Care

In Hawaii during this period, 1,039 eligible PCPs received an aggregate increased payment of approximately $44 million for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries....

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Single Payer Collapses in Vermont--Is David Ige Listening?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 PM :: 3591 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

Then-Senator David Ige was a key supporter of the universal coverage plan in 2009, but whether he’ll pick up the cause as Governor is unclear....

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Troubled Obamacare vendor awarded new Hawaii contract
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:14 PM :: 2430 Views :: Health Care

Montreal-based CGI Group Inc. will be awarded another year-long state maintenance contract despite the ongoing problems with the site....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Briefing: Doctors Discuss Challenge of Working With Medicaid
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 2721 Views :: Health Care

Monday, December 29, 2014, 9:00 AM, Conference Room 329, State Capitol....

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Task Force: Legislature Must Act This Session to Get Obamacare Waiver for Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 2663 Views :: Health Care

This report does not make any substantive recommendations to the Legislature related to innovations that should be included in a waiver proposal....

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Only 3,500 Sign Up for Obamacare in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:26 AM :: 4630 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

3,500 is far short of the 130,000 cited by Kissel in a Nov 28 Star-Adv interview as a break-even figure for the Connector....

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Feds Pay Hawaii to 'Test health care payment and service delivery models'
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 2141 Views :: Health Care

...to design and test health care payment and service delivery models that will improve health care quality and lower costs....

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Monday, December 15, 2014
Hawaii Teens #1 in E-Cigarette Use
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 3702 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Study sheds new light on e-cigarette behaviors in teens as regulators consider curbing sales to minors....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
National Report: Hawaii Ranks 5th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
By News Release @ 12:22 PM :: 2660 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations....

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Obamacare Increasing Coverage, but Not Access to Health Care
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:10 PM :: 2340 Views :: Health Care

...there’s a big difference between insurance coverage and access to health care services....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Hawaii DoH: Significant Increase in E-Cigarette Use among Public School Teens
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 2970 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

“Evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are being used by students who are not cigarette smokers....”

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Hawaii Ranks No. 1 Among All U.S. States in Overall Health
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 2735 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii’s strengths include low prevalence of obesity and low rate of preventable hospitalizations; state’s challenges include high prevalence of binge drinking and high incidence of infectious disease....

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Monday, December 01, 2014
Auditor: Hearing Aid Insurance Mandate Not Needed
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 2203 Views :: Health Care

...HMSA, UHA, and HMAA now provide coverage for hearing aids, and Kaiser plans to begin covering hearing aids in January 2015.....

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jealousy? Envy? -- Carbone Statement Fact Checked by I Mua Manoa
By News Release @ 3:11 PM :: 5675 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

...In addition, there were some people who did not like the changes we needed to implement in order to create a culture of productivity, accountability and meritocracy....

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
University of Hawaii won’t talk about sex education program
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:45 PM :: 4716 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care, Higher Education

"...researchers are asking 11-year-olds whether they’ve had sex, how many partners they’ve had and if they’ve had anal sex...."

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Leaving Trail of Destruction, Carbone Suddenly Quits UH Cancer Center
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 3893 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

In a hastily called faculty and staff meeting at the Cancer Center at about 2:30 p.m. Friday....

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Friday, November 21, 2014
UH: Pono Choices Secretly Part of "Human Subject Research"
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 5392 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care, Higher Education

"...the Pono Choices survey instruments ... are part of an ongoing research project...."

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Friday, November 21, 2014
Feds Cut Maui Co Hospital Funding, Reclassify Kula, Lanai and Molokai as 'Urban'
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 3070 Views :: Health Care

...will lose their rural designation that allows acute care facilities within their boundaries to receive extra payments as critical access hospitals....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Hawaii: Buy Obamacare, Pay for Abortion
By Selected News Articles @ 12:43 PM :: 3294 Views :: Health Care, Life
Five years ago President Obama told lawmakers and the American public in a specially called joint session of Congress on healthcare reform that "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion."…
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Sunday, November 16, 2014
HHSC Not Alone: US Rural Hospitals in Critical Condition
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 2482 Views :: Health Care

For many rural hospitals, partnering with big health systems is the only hope for survival....

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Study: Hawaii Best at Combating Lung Cancer
By News Release @ 1:27 PM :: 2973 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

WalletHub ranked the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on 11 key metrics....

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Saturday, November 08, 2014
Kona Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility Loses Lease, Must Close
By Selected News Articles @ 2:49 AM :: 4072 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Life

Planned Parenthood’s Kona Health Center will shut down after Monday, November 10....

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Friday, November 07, 2014
DHS Temporary Rules Maintain COFA Benefits
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 2568 Views :: Health Care

...McManaman announced that Governor Abercrombie approved and signed temporary emergency rules that maintain the status quo....

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Thursday, November 06, 2014
Curing Medicare in the new Congress
By NCPA @ 11:48 PM :: 2190 Views :: Health Care

...continuous cuts to doctors will only reduce access to care....

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Thursday, November 06, 2014
Hawaii Premature Birth Report Card -- 'C'
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 3414 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

In Hawaii 12.5% of births are premature....

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Hospital Financial Crisis Brings House Health Committee to Maui
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 2503 Views :: Health Care

Public hearing 5:30 p.m. Monday Nov 10, 2014 Maui Waena School, 795 Onehee St., Kahului....

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Supreme Court Upholds State's Right to Cut COFA Benefits
By News Release @ 1:16 AM :: 3465 Views :: National News, Health Care

...a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court validates the state’s authority to determine the level of health care coverage provided to noncitizens who are ineligible for federal Medicaid....

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Project AWARE: DoE Awarded $12.7M for Federal Anti-Bullying Program
By News Release @ 12:34 AM :: 3383 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

Staff from three complex areas will receive training and assistance....

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