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Monday, January 06, 2014
Kaiser: 57% of Hawaii Uninsured Eligible for Medicaid
By Selected News Articles @ 7:46 PM :: 3572 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

nearly three-quarters (74%) of uninsured nonelderly people in the state are eligible for financial assistance to gain coverage through either Medicaid or the Marketplaces....

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Monday, January 06, 2014
Hawaii GOP refuses request to recruit for Obamacare exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:21 PM :: 2681 Views :: Health Care

Meanwhile, Hawaii’s Democrat lawmakers are also criticizing the exchange....

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Monday, January 06, 2014
WSJ: Medicaid Expansion Drives up Visits to Emergency Room
By NCPA @ 2:26 PM :: 1765 Views :: Health Care

A group of 10,000 low-income Oregon residents who recently obtained Medicaid coverage visited ERs 40 percent more often....

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Saturday, January 04, 2014
Hawaii Health Connector Finds One Success Story
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 2040 Views :: Health Care

...the benefits in her new plan are better than her previous plan and cost about $30 a month less....

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Friday, January 03, 2014
HI Health Connector Solicits GOP Help in Boosting Enrollments
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 2643 Views :: Health Care

Below is the response of the HRP Executive Director, Kayla Berube, to the HI Health Connector's request for GOP help in boosting enrollment numbers....

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Friday, January 03, 2014
Meet the Humble Nuns Who Just Shook Up the Obama Administration
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:51 AM :: 3576 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Religion

The Little Sisters take care of more than 13,000 poor men and women around the world who are elderly....

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Thursday, January 02, 2014
UHERO: Hawaii Health Insurance Premiums, Oligopolies, and the Affordable Care Act
By UHERO @ 9:05 PM :: 3282 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
“Where do Hawaii plans/premiums stand relative to other states?”
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Thursday, January 02, 2014
2013 a bad year for Obamacare abortion pill mandate
By News Release @ 1:45 PM :: 3206 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Life

Alliance Defending Freedom and its allied attorneys are currently winning their cases by a wide margin, with court orders going 15-1 against the mandate....

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Thursday, January 02, 2014
More New Taxes and Fees: How You’ll Pay for Obamacare in 2014
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:04 PM :: 2339 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

This is only the beginning—watch how two of these taxes get worse in the years to come....

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Happy New Year from HMSA: Premium now $1742.50 per Family
By Andrew Walden @ 8:23 PM :: 4558 Views :: Health Care

...premium payers will get a new round of cancellation letters starting this September, just in time for the elections....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Informational Briefing on Violence at State Hospital
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 2911 Views :: Health Care, Labor
  • DATE: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 229, State Capitol
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Monday, December 30, 2013
Report: Obamacare Gives Hawaii More Cash, Less Benefit
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 3293 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...who stands to benefit most and least as a result of its implementation....

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Monday, December 30, 2013
Auditor Looks at Workers Comp Medical Fee Review Process
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 3036 Views :: Health Care, Labor

While expenses have been slowly increasing for health care providers, legislated payment updates have remained flat since 2011....

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Friday, December 27, 2013
Hawaii Next? States Halting Payment to CGI over Obamacare Debacle
By Selected News Articles @ 10:16 PM :: 3638 Views :: Health Care

Vermont is trying to get a refund of hundreds of thousands of dollars and has refused to pay $5.1 million of its contract with the company....

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Friday, December 27, 2013
Health Connector: Our Miserable Failure is Positive Momentum
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 2380 Views :: Health Care

For those that made a good-faith effort to complete an application but are unsure of the application status, we encourage those consumers to call our Customer Support Center....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Abercrombie Releases $21.7M CIP for HHSC, Mostly for EHRs
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 2337 Views :: Health Care

$14,321,000 – Information/Electronic Medical Record (EMR) System, statewide....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Think your state has Obamacare problems? They’re nothing compared to Guam
By Selected News Articles @ 11:01 PM :: 2810 Views :: Health Care

Beginning Jan. 1, regulators expect it will be literally impossible for an individual to buy a new policy in the Northern Mariana Islands, and difficult in other territories....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
E.R. Costs for Mentally Ill Soar, and Hospitals Seek Better Way
By Selected News Articles @ 12:45 PM :: 2352 Views :: Health Care

In the past, paramedics would have taken the man to the closest hospital emergency room.... But instead, under a pilot program, paramedics ushered him through the doors of Holly Hill Hospital, a commercial psychiatric facility....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Gary Gill Appointed Temporary Health Dep’t Director
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 3110 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...the Governor has until Feb. 9, 2014, to name a permanent director....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Hawaii Health Connector: One More Day to Get Obamacare
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 2493 Views :: Health Care

Hawai'i Health Connector is extending its enrollment deadline from December 23 to tomorrow, December 24, in line with a federal announcement earlier today....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
This Is Exactly What Health Care Reform Is Supposed to Do
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:20 PM :: 2088 Views :: Health Care

Medicaid wasn’t working for Moise....

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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Hawaii Scores 60% on Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 2137 Views :: Health Care

the nation's ability to prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks is hampered by outdated systems and limited resources....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Hawaii Obamacare exchange not fiscally sustainable, lawmakers told
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:37 PM :: 2976 Views :: Health Care

...the exchange will be expected to fund its $10 million to $14 million in annual operations through fees on local insurance companies....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Medicaid Is No Obamacare Success Story, Mr. President
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:06 PM :: 2003 Views :: Health Care

Most of the people applying for Obamacare are being funneled into Medicaid....

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Thursday, December 19, 2013
ObamaCare's Troubles Are Only Beginning
By NCPA @ 12:52 PM :: 1855 Views :: Health Care

ObamaCare is only going to get worse....

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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Top 10 Broken Obamacare Promises
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:41 AM :: 1776 Views :: Health Care

As Obama so ironically threatened in 2009, “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.” To that end, here are 10 promises of Obamacare that have already been broken....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Hawaiian Pacific Health Survey will Sample 4,000 Households
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 3398 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Higher Education

U.S. government that it is taking steps to improve the collection of health data for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
City Ambulance Contractor Turns Down 30-40% of Calls in Leeward Oahu
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:15 PM :: 3317 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care

"Turning down 30-40% of requested calls puts our residents at a greater risk of death or prolonged injury and is unacceptable,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
As Hundreds of Hawaii Doctors Threaten to Quit, Obama Administration Delays EHR
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 3315 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

CMS recently announced that it will extend the federal programs to encourage physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health records ....

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Monday, December 16, 2013
Secret Obamacare handbook the feds don’t want you to see is online
By Selected News Articles @ 3:53 PM :: 2425 Views :: Health Care

The 217-page manual reads like a primer for Amway....

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Monday, December 16, 2013
How to Help Uninsured Americans
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:43 PM :: 1955 Views :: Health Care

Two of the problems Obamacare promised to solve were getting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and helping the uninsured get coverage....

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Saturday, December 14, 2013
Feds: Hawaii Health Connector Sign-up Count Inflated
By Andrew Walden @ 7:51 PM :: 2744 Views :: Health Care

...the “Number of Individuals Who Have Selected a Marketplace Plan” is “pre-effectuated” -- including individuals who have not made any premium payments....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Keeping Patients in Dedicated Observation Units Could Save Millions
By NCPA @ 10:06 PM :: 1871 Views :: Health Care

...dedicated hospital observation units could lead to $950 million in national cost savings, according to a new study in Health Affairs....

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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Queens Hospital Losing Revenue, Furloughs Management Employees
By Andrew Walden @ 2:17 PM :: 3508 Views :: Health Care

...nonessential management employees are being furloughed three days per month for the next six months as part of a cost-cutting drive....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Violence at Hawaii State Hospital: Senate Committees Set Informational Briefing
By News Release @ 9:14 PM :: 2736 Views :: Health Care, Labor
  • DATE: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 229, State Capitol
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Payment Due: The Obamacare Deadline No One Is Talking About
By Selected News Articles @ 8:58 PM :: 2419 Views :: Health Care

...amid the rush to enroll as many people as possible by the Dec. 23 deadline, there's a huge caveat that isn't getting much public attention: For coverage to take effect on Jan. 1, enrollees must pay their first month's premium....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Are We About To Face A Severe Doctor Shortage?
By NCPA @ 8:04 PM :: 2137 Views :: Health Care

To meet the promise of free preventive care nationwide, every family doctor in America would have to work full-time delivering it, leaving no time for all the other things they need to do....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
America's Health Rankings: Hawaii #1
By News Release @ 12:39 AM :: 3190 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

In Hawaii, 48.2 percent of adults aged 25 years and older with at least a high school education report their health is very good or excellent compared to only 28.0 percent with less than a high school education....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
State Releases 2014 Health Insurance Premiums Comparison Sheet
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 3335 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...a health insurance premium sheet that will give consumers a better idea of what a new 2014 Affordable Care Act (ACA) plan will cost compared to their existing 2013 health plan....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Insurance Division Updates Affordable Care Act Overview
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 2243 Views :: Health Care

On November 14, 2013, President Obama announced that States could decide whether to allow small group and individual health insurance policies existing on Oct. 1, 2013 to be renewed for a policy year starting between January 1, 2014 and October 1, 2014....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tom Matsuda Officially Begins As Interim Executive Director
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 3790 Views :: Health Care

Matsuda resigned his post as Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation manager in the Governor’s office on Friday, Dec. 6....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
ACA: What to Expect for 2014
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 2251 Views :: Health Care

A summary of changes coming up as a result of the Affordable Care Act in 2014....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
HAH: Hawaii Long Term Care Providers Improve Quality
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 2909 Views :: Health Care

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) praised a select group of local, long term care member providers for their achievement....

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Monday, December 09, 2013
Hawaii Praised for Stealing Less than Half of Tobacco Settlement Funds
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 3050 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Fifteen years after the 1998 state tobacco settlement, Hawaii ranks 5th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking....

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Monday, December 09, 2013
Hawaii Health Exchange Vulnerable to Wi-Fi Attack
By Video @ 6:45 PM :: 2314 Views :: Health Care

...state-run exchanges in Minnesota, Hawaii, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are vulnerable....

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Monday, December 09, 2013
HI health exchange has signed up 574 people, for about $348,000 apiece
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:24 PM :: 2674 Views :: Health Care

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, one of the state’s most vocal advocates of Obamacare, predicted at a news conference Sept. 17 that the state’s 100,000 uninsured, plus thousands more, would sign up for insurance once the Health Connector launched Oct. 1....

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Monday, December 09, 2013
How to Help Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:44 AM :: 1927 Views :: Health Care

In 2011, the Obama Administration suggested that as many as 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions were “at risk” and “could be denied coverage” without Obamacare....

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Friday, December 06, 2013
Home Community-Based Services Working Group to Meet
By News Release @ 6:04 AM :: 2183 Views :: Health Care
  • DATE: Monday, December 9, 2013
  • TIME: 2:00 pm
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329, State Capitol 
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Thursday, December 05, 2013
Federal safety inspectors investigating violence at Hawaii State Hospital
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:35 PM :: 3276 Views :: Health Care, Labor

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating  the Hawaii State Hospital, hospital administrators have confirmed....

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Thursday, December 05, 2013
House Committees Demand Update on Hawaii Health Connector
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 2345 Views :: Health Care

...recommended legislation related to Hawai`i’s insurance exchange for the 2014 legislative session....

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