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Friday, April 04, 2014
‘Diverse’ population cited as factor in Hawaii’s failing health exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:53 AM :: 2091 Views :: Health Care

Matsuda said Hawaii’s diverse population and geography are impacting enrollment due to language barriers and cultural outreach issues....

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Hawai’i Health Connector Signs Up Only 7,861 People in 6 Months
By News Release @ 10:28 PM :: 2564 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The Connector's customer support center staff is making more than 1,000 calls per day to reach out to consumers who have started, but have not completed, the enrollment process....

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
US House Examining ObamaCare’s Problem-Filled Hawaii Exchange at Hearing Thursday
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 2279 Views :: Health Care

Top officials from six state health insurance exchanges will testify Thursday, April 3rd in a House Oversight and Government Reform joint subcommittee hearing....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Hawaii’s troubled health-care exchange draws congressional attention
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:08 PM :: 2404 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii Health Connector sign ups still come in at less than 1 percent of the state’s population....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
The Joke's on Us
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:49 AM :: 2175 Views :: Health Care

...Obamacare as the ultimate April Fools’ Day punchline....

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Monday, March 31, 2014
Where You Can Buy Health Insurance After Today
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:46 AM :: 2025 Views :: Health Care

Today is kinda-sorta the deadline to sign up for Obamacare....

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Slom to GAO: Audit the Hawaii Health Connector
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:22 PM :: 2914 Views :: Health Care

...request for the Government Accountability Office to review the taxpayer dollars used to fund the Hawaii Health Connector....

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Feds: Hawaii Health Connector Clients at 'High Risk' for Identity Theft
By News Release @ 6:57 AM :: 3456 Views :: Health Care

Despite the high risk and Hawaii's inability to open its exchange for two weeks after October 1, 2013, CMS allowed Hawaii's exchange to connect to the data hub....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hawaii Disconnector? Only 350 Sign Up for Obamacare With One Week to Go
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 3419 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...350 individuals and 17 businesses last week signed up for the Hawaii Health Connector with one week to go....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Study: Over 145,000 'Underinsured' in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 3297 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...in households spending a high share of their income on medical care....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Obama Administration: We Never Mean a Word We Say
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:52 AM :: 2131 Views :: Health Care

There was no delay…until there was. The Washington Post reported last night that March 31 is not, in fact, the final word....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Forced to Burn All its Federal Money, Health Connector Puts out RFP
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 2687 Views :: Health Care

The Hawaii Health Connector seeks proposals from qualified bidders to provide professional marketing and communication services.... 

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Healthcare Insurers Poised to Gouge Consumers and Providers Alike?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 2177 Views :: Health Care

...consumers could see double-digit price hikes next year in states that fail to draw large numbers of [ACA] enrollees for 2014....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
INFOGRAPHIC: What Exactly This Hobby Lobby Case Is About
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:54 PM :: 2276 Views :: Health Care

Today at the Supreme Court, some courageous Americans are standing up to Obamacare’s trampling of religious freedom....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Connector Celebrates 4th Anniversary of Health Care Law, Urges Consumers to Apply
By News Release @ 1:56 AM :: 2437 Views :: Health Care

Hawai‘i Health Connector is urging individuals and families to submit applications for health care coverage in a final push before the March 31 deadline....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Beyond Obamacare: Solving Hawaii's Healthcare Cost Problem
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 3382 Views :: Health Care

Lloyd Lim details the pitfalls of organizing a 'Single Payer' healthcare insurance system in just one state....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
A Timeline of Obamacare Delays in Pictures
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:10 AM :: 2207 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare is now four years old. But unlike most 4-year-olds, it still can’t walk on its own....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Hawaii Health Connector: Only 23 Employers Applied March 1-15
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 2605 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Only 5,394 enrollments in the individual marketplace....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Hawaii lawmaker calls for federal investigation into Obamacare spending
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:10 PM :: 2372 Views :: Health Care
“The lack of transparency regarding the grant expenditure requirements prompts this request for information and documentation”
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Friday, March 21, 2014
Have You Saved $2,500 Lately?
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:39 AM :: 2020 Views :: Health Care

President Obama recently admitted that Obamacare will cause some Americans to lose their doctors....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Sen Slom asks GAO to Investigate Hawaii Health Connector
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:35 PM :: 2613 Views :: Health Care

To date Hawaii has failed or refused to release information pertaining to the grants citing “”a potential threat”....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Obamacare Again Goes Before Supreme Court Next Week
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:47 PM :: 2184 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare has caused seemingly endless problems, and one of the big—and very personal—ones will be on display at the Supreme Court next week....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Feds: 34,000 Hawaii APIs Eligible for Health Care Savings
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 2631 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...34,000 uninsured Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) in Hawai‘i are likely eligible for no cost health care coverage (such as Medicaid or CHIP)....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Does the Obamacare Deadline Apply to Me?
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:58 PM :: 1787 Views :: Health Care

For 2014, the penalty for not purchasing insurance will be either $95 or 1 percent of your annual income (whichever is greater)....

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Monday, March 17, 2014
Hawaii Health Connector Partners with Planned Parenthood
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 2823 Views :: Family, Health Care

The Hawai‘i Health Connector and Planned Parenthood of Hawai‘i today announced a joint effort....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
Obamacare in Hawaii: Fixing What Wasn’t Broken
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 AM :: 3275 Views :: Health Care

In Hawaii, Obamacare has disrupted a health-coverage system that had seen 98 percent of the population insured before the recession....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Waitlist Patients Burden Hawaii Hospitals
By News Release @ 1:55 PM :: 2972 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
Hawaii's waitlisted patients—that is, those remaining in a hospital after the need for acute care ceases—account for an annual loss of $62.7 million....
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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Delaying Obamacare's Individual Mandate Due to 'Hardship' -- Caused by Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:53 PM :: 1890 Views :: Health Care

It’s getting difficult to take any part of Obamacare seriously....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Obama Administration's About-Face on Medicare
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:52 PM :: 1779 Views :: Health Care

The administration had proposed new rules for seniors’ prescription drug plans in Medicare Part D....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Writes Check to Kupuna Care as Medicaid Applicants Get Cut Off
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 2647 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Meanwhile: Get Medicaid? Lose Kupuna Care....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
With Asset Test Gone, Thousands Pile into Hawaii Medicaid
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 3248 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Since October 1, 69,041 people have been found eligible for Medicaid in Hawaii.  3,249 are eligible for CHIP.  Another 24,583 were deemed ineligible....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
HI lawmakers want private providers to subsidize Obamacare exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:28 PM :: 2458 Views :: Health Care
Lawmakers scrambling to keep the Hawaii Health Connector solvent are proposing a fee for private insurers who decline to take part in the local Obamacare exchange....
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Friday, March 07, 2014
Two Quotes That Show the Absurdity of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:39 PM :: 1896 Views :: Health Care

You just don’t understand how much better Obamacare is going to make your life; you’re afraid of change. It’s okay, he wants you to know; he understands....

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Thursday, March 06, 2014
Hawaii Obamacare Medicaid Applications–Even Less Than The Few
By Andrew Walden @ 2:43 AM :: 2322 Views :: Health Care

The post-Obamacare increase averages out to an additional 1,174 persons applying for Medicaid each month since October 1.... 

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Hawaii urges residents to ‘tell a friend’ about Obamacare
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:37 PM :: 2091 Views :: Health Care

The Hawaii Health Connector, the local Obamacare exchange, has a new campaign to boost enrollment — “Tell a friend.”....

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
'Sovereign Council' Scores $675K to Sell Obamacare
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 3154 Views :: DHHL, Health Care

The Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA) signed a $675,000 agreement today with the Hawaiʻi Health Connector to serve as a marketplace assister organization....

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Monday, March 03, 2014
Who Needs Health Connector? Feds Already Had Website offering Hawaii Insurance Policies
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 3297 Views :: Health Care
"In general, consumers had substantially more policies to choose from on private websites such as eHealthinsurance.com and Finder.healthcare.gov than they presently have on the exchanges."
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Monday, March 03, 2014
New Obamacare Tax Will add $300 to Insurance Premiums
By NCPA @ 2:09 PM :: 1975 Views :: Health Care

Starting this year, ObamaCare's "annual fee" tax will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
Residents in States With Troubled Exchanges Can Still Get Subsidies
By Selected News Articles @ 12:42 PM :: 2833 Views :: Health Care

...up until Thursday, the subsidies were only available to consumers who purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
Grim scenario for Hawaii's Obamacare plan: The numbers don't add up
By Selected News Articles @ 12:43 AM :: 2528 Views :: Health Care

With anemic enrollment by individuals and little interest among small-business employers, the state’s nonprofit exchange -- known as the Hawaii Health Connector -- is unlikely to have enough money to pay its bills....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
As Health Exchange Implodes, Abercrombie Releases ‘Transformation Plan’
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 2509 Views :: Health Care
Abercrombie said: “This healthcare transformation plan outlines clear, tangible steps we can take to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care in Hawaii.”
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Matsuda: Fate of Prepaid Health Care Act Depends on Hawaii Health Connector
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 3216 Views :: Health Care

...Continuing the Connector as a state-based marketplace (SBM) is necessary in order to preserve the Prepaid Healthcare Act....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
VIDEO: Aloha Obamacare Wipeout
By Video @ 1:42 PM :: 3207 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

"Aloha!" highlights the ways in which Obamacare is harming American families....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
LA Times: Hawaii Health Connector Refused to Cough up Secret Budget
By Selected News Articles @ 12:24 AM :: 2914 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii Health Connector had refused even to allow the state auditor to conduct a review required under state law....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Obamacare's Dumping Ground
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:11 AM :: 2314 Views :: Health Care

If President Obama—or anyone else—is expecting that Medicaid will be Obamacare’s salvation, look elsewhere....

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Friday, February 21, 2014
More Doctors Becoming Employees
By NCPA @ 2:43 PM :: 2072 Views :: Health Care

An increasing number of doctors are moving to salaried hospital jobs, says the New York Times....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Is your baby carrying excess fat? Hawaii wants to know
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:26 PM :: 2973 Views :: Family, Health Care

Hawaii’s children may be adored by their parents, but all Hawaii government sees is their “body fat”....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
SB2147: Silver Alert
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:13 AM :: 3007 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

Modeled after the Maile Amber Alert, the Silver Alert uses the same voluntary partnership between local broadcasters, civil defense, police departments, and other state agencies....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
"Is there a way to allow a person to end his life without making someone else a criminal?"
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 AM :: 2728 Views :: Health Care, Life

...A (mainland) legislator considering an assisted suicide law asked me this question:  "Is there a way to allow a person to end his life without making someone else a criminal?"....

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
She Dreamed Obamacare Was Harmless
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:24 PM :: 2587 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Shhh…keep quiet, or you’ll wake Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius....

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