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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Malfunctioning websites still delaying Hawaii Obamacare signups
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:27 PM :: 2596 Views :: Health Care

A $100 million web portal operated by the state Department of Human Services and designed by KPMG to connect Hawaii residents with Medicaid services has also been problematic, House lawmakers said Tuesday....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Disgusting Hepatitis Infected Organic Food Leads to Lawsuit
By News Release @ 12:06 AM :: 3846 Views :: Environment, Health Care

Hepatitis A, which causes severe gastrointestinal illness and, in severe cases, liver failure and death, incubates in the human body for between 15 and 50 days....

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Friday, July 18, 2014
Bipartisan Action to Get Hawaii Veterans Immediate Access to Care
By News Release @ 10:36 PM :: 3519 Views :: Health Care, Military

...the ACT Now for Veterans bill (H.R. 5131) to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reimburse non-VA medical providers who provide care to eligible veterans....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Five Factors from the New CBO Report on Veterans’ Healthcare
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:01 PM :: 2232 Views :: Health Care

The VA healthcare system is the sole source of coverage for only about one-fifth of enrolled veterans....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
$204 million Obamacare grant reduces Hawaii’s uninsured population just 2.75 percent
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:30 AM :: 2967 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Many people in Hawaii already had health insurance because of a 1976 Hawaii Prepaid Healthcare law....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
Hawaii 3rd Highest Unemployment Rate for Mentally Ill Persons
By News Release @ 5:28 AM :: 3704 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

Approximately 60 percent of the 7.1 million people receiving public mental health services nationwide want to work....

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Report: After Obamacare, 28% of Hawaii is on Medicaid
By News Release @ 11:51 PM :: 3150 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

26,010 individuals enrolled in Medicaid between Summer 2013 and April 2014....

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Hawaii Opioid Pain Pill Prescriptions 'only' 52 per 100 people--Lowest in USA
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 3906 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...For all OPR combined, the prescribing rate in Alabama was 2.7 times the rate in Hawaii....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Djou: New VA Secretary Needs to Embrace Reform
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:36 AM :: 3361 Views :: Health Care, Military

The new VA Secretary needs to quickly understand the serious depth of the problems facing the VA in Hawaii....

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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Sutton: Disconnect the Hawaii Health Connector
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 3814 Views :: Health Care, Politicians, Republican Party

“Six more members of board of directors for the Hawaii Health Connector will vacate June 30 leaving the board without a quorum.  It is a perfect time to replace it with a solution that is more appropriate for the state of Hawai’i."

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Veterans Affairs audit exposes Hawaii’s ‘infuriating’ wait list
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:20 AM :: 3498 Views :: Health Care, Military

...some 64,000 veterans enrolled in the system for at least 10 years have yet to see a doctor....

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Djou: Give Veterans a Private Healthcare Option
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:53 PM :: 3649 Views :: Health Care, Military

"...I applaud the recent Senate compromise action reached between Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) to allow vets access to private healthcare providers...."

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Friday, June 06, 2014
Full Text: DoE Report Takes Pono Choices ‘Off the Shelf’
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 5041 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

"I see that several of the points that we made in our January 31st McDermott Report are being addressed," said McDermott....

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Friday, June 06, 2014
Surprise! The Government Now Can’t Even Guess How Much Obamacare Ultimately Will Cost
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:05 PM :: 2300 Views :: Health Care
Many of the “savings” and “revenue” (read: mandates and tax increases), whether Medicare cuts or employer mandates, have been waived, stalled or simply not implemented, making a defensible revised forecast impossible....
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Friday, June 06, 2014
Waitlisted patients cost Hawaii Hospitals $62.7M
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 3591 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Nearly one in five of Hawaii’s waitlisted patients — that is, those remaining in a hospital after the need for acute care ceases — have an infectious disease....

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Friday, June 06, 2014
VIDEO: Rough Seas for Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie's Obamacare Exchange
By Video @ 1:41 AM :: 3820 Views :: Health Care, Politicians

...Rough Seas for Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie's Obamacare Exchange....

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Hawaii Obamacare: Do you Pay for Other People's Abortions?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 4257 Views :: Ethics, Family, Health Care

...when the Bracy family investigated their options they couldn’t find any plan that didn’t both cover elective abortions and require a surcharge solely for that purpose....

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Representative seeks access to private medical care for vets
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:36 PM :: 3307 Views :: Health Care, Military

"...immediately allow our veterans to use their VA identification card to obtain medical care through the private health care system, with the VA paying the bill...."

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Honolulu Patients 2nd Happiest in USA
By News Release @ 1:36 AM :: 3761 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Vanguard derived its findings by developing special software to scour online reviews on Google+ and Yelp.com websites of 46,300 individual doctors....

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Debunking the Biggest Obamacare Myths
By NCPA @ 9:50 PM :: 2397 Views :: Health Care

...6 million people have had their insurance policies canceled, and another 19 million are enrolled in private health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
VA Hospitals: Why Single-Payer Systems Fail
By NCPA @ 11:55 AM :: 3171 Views :: Health Care, Military

The problems emerging from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are deeper than corruption and mismanagement....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
Abercrombie Releases CIP for Prisons, Mental Hospital
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 4058 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $46 million for various capital improvement projects....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Hawaii Ranks #2 in Senior Health
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 3324 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...16.0 percent of seniors with a college education are physically inactive compared to 50.2 percent of seniors with less than a high school education....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Yes, Some People Will Have to Pay Back Their Obamacare Subsidies
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:56 PM :: 1889 Views :: Health Care

The Washington Post has inside sources providing all sorts of juicy details on this problem....

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
RGA: "ObamaCare is not working for Hawaii"
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 3364 Views :: Health Care

“Bad news is piling up for Governor Abercrombie’s Hawaii Health Connector."

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Feds Surprised Hawaii did not Change Health Exchange
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 PM :: 2960 Views :: Health Care

The CMS says it will continue to be flexible with states....

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
Congressional Delegation Blocks Obamacare Exemption to Avoid “Awkward Political Narrative”
By Andrew Walden @ 8:46 PM :: 6409 Views :: Democratic Party, Health Care, Politicians, Obama

"...we wrote to our congressional delegation and were told, in no uncertain terms, that we would not be able to secure it...."

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Friday, May 16, 2014
Medicaid Expansion to Cost Hawaii $326M
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:38 PM :: 3680 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
“As with most new government programs, original estimates are likely not the true full cost.”
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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange most costly in nation
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:36 PM :: 3100 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, D-Hawaii, noted Hawaii’s enrollment cost is 26 times the national average, 2 1/2 times the cost for the second most expensive state....

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Djou: “Obamacare’s punitive costs and punishing demands hurt working people”
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:37 PM :: 3130 Views :: Health Care

"A recent study showed that the cost per enrollee for Obamacare in Hawaii is nearly $24,000."

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
Hawaii Obamacare Cost Tops Nation -- $23K Per Enrollee
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 3598 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Excluding Hawaii and the District of Columbia, which were outliers, the state Exchange with the highest cost-per-enrollee was Massachusetts, at $5,681. Hawaii’s cost-per-enrollee was 32 times California’s....

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Monday, May 05, 2014
9 Obamacare Predictions That Have Come True
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:59 AM :: 1974 Views :: Health Care

Here are nine of our predictions that have come to pass—and it’s not over yet....

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Friday, May 02, 2014
Hawaii Health Connector Claims 9,785 Enrollees
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 3129 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The Hawai‘i Health Connector Hawai‘i concluded its first open enrollment period, which included a grace period that ended on April 30, with 9,785 enrollees....

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Thursday, May 01, 2014
Feds Release Profile of Hawaii Health Connector Signups
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 5051 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...and 32,209 more enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP through the end of March 2014, compared to enrollment before the Marketplace opened last October....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Commonwealth Fund: Hawaii State Health System Performance, 2014
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 3200 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The top-performing states—Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Hawaii—lead the nation across most dimensions of care, and have done so over time....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Leapfrog: Hawaii Among Top 5 States for Hospital Quality
By News Release @ 4:45 AM :: 3365 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Queens, Pali Momi, Straub, and Moanalua all scored 'A' ....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The New Narrative on Obamacare: Repeal Is So Last Year
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:49 AM :: 2472 Views :: Health Care

Do conservatives still want to repeal Obamacare?  It would seem the media don’t want you to think so....

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Sunday, April 27, 2014
COFACAN: Advocates Plan Next Steps to Defend Healthcare Access
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 2744 Views :: Health Care

We continue to advocate for the State of Hawai‘i to remove Basic Health Hawai‘i from Hawai‘i Administrative Rules and repeal Haw. Admin. Rules Chapter 17-1722.3....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
'Surveillance System' Looks at Hawaii Residents Sugary Beverage Drinking Pattern
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 3232 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for 38,978 adults aged 18 years or older from 6 states: Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Wisconsin....

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Contradictory Responses on Hawaii Health Connector Investigation: Pat Saiki Calls on US House to Guide GAO
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 2623 Views :: Health Care

Chairman Saiki sent the letter after State Senator Sam Slom last week received contradictory responses from GAO representatives....

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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Five Months Later Hawaii Health Connector Follows up on Incomplete Application
By Andrew Walden @ 5:53 PM :: 2935 Views :: Health Care

Last November, this writer filled out an incomplete application for an individual marketplace plan on the Health Connector....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Health Connector Under Investigation--One More Reason to Defeat Abercrombie
By News Release @ 10:41 PM :: 3015 Views :: Health Care, Republican Party

...Abercrombie spent $74 million of your tax dollars on building a website for his Health Connector....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
GAO to investigate Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:35 PM :: 3123 Views :: Health Care

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday it will investigate Hawaii Health Connector’s spending of its $204 million federal grant....

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Over 60 Staff Positions Vacant at Hawaii State Hospital
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 2507 Views :: Health Care

The next hearing will convene on April 30th at 10 a.m., beginning with the testimony of Dr. Fridovich....

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Health Connector Extends Enrollment Grace period to April 30
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 3272 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

586 sign-ups since March 31, 2014 ....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Genworth 2014 Annual Cost of Care Survey: At Home Care Costs Increase in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:29 PM :: 2645 Views :: Health Care

...the cost to receive long term care services at home in Hawaii through a home health aide increased over the past five years....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Full Text: Hawaii Ranks 8th in Wellbeing
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 2974 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

It includes topics such as physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter, and healthcare....

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Notorious Hilo Dentist Licensed Thanks to Schatz, Baker, Oakland
By Selected News Articles @ 4:31 PM :: 9961 Views :: Health Care
"Teeth are teeth." -- Rep Brian Schatz
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Friday, April 11, 2014
The Charts Obama Doesn't Want You to See
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:09 AM :: 2272 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare in Pictures: 15 charts that show the law’s effects on Americans....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hawaii: More Mentally Ill in Jails than in State Hospital
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 5502 Views :: Health Care, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

The two largest correctional facilities, in Honolulu and Waipahu, both hold more seriously mentally ill individuals than are held at Hawaii State Hospital....

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