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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Hawaii Scores Near Bottom
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 3853 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

10th annual Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report, Hawaii scored 4 out of 10 ....

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Monday, December 17, 2012
Medicaid Incentives for Patients, Not Hospitals
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 2358 Views :: Health Care

Experiment with cash or cash-like incentives to encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors in the form conditional cash transfers....

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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Connecticut Shooting: Failure of Mental Health System
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 PM :: 9178 Views :: National News, Health Care, Homelessness, Second Amendment

“We have emptied the nation's hospitals, gutted state and local mental health programs, and turned involuntary treatment into a debate point instead of using it as a viable option to prevent tragedy...."

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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Deadline for States to Claim Their Role in Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:50 AM :: 3005 Views :: National News, Health Care

Tomorrow is an important day for Obamacare. It’s the deadline for states to declare their intentions about setting up their own health insurance exchanges....

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Surprise: New Insurance Fee in Health Overhaul Law
By NCPA @ 11:54 AM :: 3479 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions....

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Study: Hawaii 2nd Healthiest State in USA
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 4147 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

According to the 23rd Edition of United Health Foundation’s 2012 America’s Health Rankings, Hawaii is No. 2 this year, up from No. 3 in 2011, in a ranking of all 50 states’ health data....

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Monday, December 10, 2012
Health Care Law's Insurance Tax Will Raise Premium Costs
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 3594 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

Insurance premiums could increase by thousands of dollars because of a new tax in President Obama's health care law....

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Monday, December 10, 2012
Hawaii Health Connector Signs Key Contracts
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 3581 Views :: Health Care

State-based health exchange selects IT contractor and names agency of record for research, communication strategy and public relations...

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Friday, December 07, 2012
Hire the Handicapped? Hawaii One of Only 5 States Without 'Medicaid Buy-In'
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 4036 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

· DATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

· TIME: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

· PLACE: Conference Room 229, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street

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Thursday, December 06, 2012
Hawaii Collects $186M/year from Big Tobacco
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 4581 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

Hawaii this year will collect $186 million in revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend just 4.8 percent of it on tobacco prevention programs....

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Thursday, December 06, 2012
Businesses Cutting Hours, Bracing for Costs of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:11 PM :: 4325 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

...every day now brings another business owner in the news talking about cutting workers’ hours or making other cost-cutting moves in anticipation of Obamacare’s impact in 2013....

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Hawaii Medicaid Spends Least on Long Term Care
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 4680 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The spending ranges from less than 8 percent in Hawaii, where nursing home use is low, to more than 60 percent in North Dakota....

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Sunday, December 02, 2012
Hawaii Number of Uninsured Children Jumps 55%
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 4289 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii was the only state to show a significant increase in the number of uninsured children from 2009-2011....

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
How HMSA Used Health Care Advisory Council to Establish Medical Monopoly
By Selected News Articles @ 7:01 PM :: 7326 Views :: Hawaii History, Health Care

Governor Linda Lingle signed, SB 665 SDI HD2 CD1 which prohibits "a person representing a health maintenance organization under chapter 4320, a mutual benefit society issuing individual and group hospital or medical service plans under chapter 432, or any other health care organization" from membership on the Council....

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Sunday, September 16, 2012
FOIA Request Reveals: Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act Hangs by a Conference Call
By Andrew Walden @ 9:47 PM :: 5205 Views :: Health Care

It took a Federal Freedom of Information Act request to find out, but that is the message Hawai`i Free Press received from federal officials.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Meet the Insurance Executive Behind Assisted Suicide in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 10499 Views :: Health Care, Life

In December of 1994, one month after Oregon voters passed Measure 16, "physician assisted death," into law, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) responded.
Ethix Corp., an HMO, announced that they "welcomed broad coverage for assisted suicide in a medical economic system already burdened."

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Report: Research Funding for Burns School of Medicine Uncertain
By Selected News Articles @ 2:49 PM :: 8992 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

The University of Hawaii continues to publish groundbreaking discoveries from their mesothelioma research efforts. But does the precarious state of our American research universities put mesothelioma research in jeopardy?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Pine: Reopening HMC West a Top Priority
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 1:18 PM :: 4279 Views :: Health Care

As City Councilwoman, I will continue my work with stakeholders to expedite the process to reopen the former HMC location because nothing is more important than the health and safety of our community.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Health Insurance? No need: Abercrombie promises to dump Prepaid Health Care Act
By Andrew Walden @ 6:34 PM :: 17492 Views :: Health Care

Abercrombie’s campaign platform portrays abandonment of the Prepaid Act as a step to “Develop a System of Universal Healthcare.”  It is exactly the opposite.  In the fine print, Abercrombie focuses squarely on managing the State’s finances so “costs are controlled so that we can collectively afford the system and pay for it in a way that is fair and sustainable. We need to create efficiencies out of the current incoherence in our system, create incentives and opportunities for cost-effective preventive healthcare….”

It’s all about the money.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Abercrombie Pretends Obamacare is not Attack on Prepaid Health Care Act
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 4314 Views :: Health Care

“Here in Hawai'i, we already have our Prepaid Health Care Act, which enables a vast majority of our residents to be insured...."  (Then why is he trying to dismantle it?)

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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Undercover Video Catches Hawaii Planned Parenthood Offering Sex-Selection Abortions
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 AM :: 11204 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Life

In Honolulu, the Planned Parenthood counselor “Rogue” tells the woman it is okay to have multiple abortions of girl pregnancies so long as the abortions are spaced far enough apart....

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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Oxycontin Contributions: Clayton Hee, Josh Green, Karl Rhoads and HB466
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 14356 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Drugs

...the bill would help doctors who make money prescribing narcotic pain relievers ....

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
HMA Warns Against 'Imminent Storm' Caused by Obamacare Implementation
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 6238 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... imminent storm that is about to occur due to simultaneous implementation of multiple programs that will create extraordinary financial and administrative burden ....

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Monday, March 05, 2012
Conference: Abercrombie Admin Renews Push to Impose Medical Homes
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 4957 Views :: Health Care

“Forty years ago, Hawai'i’s groundbreaking Prepaid Health Care Act gave us an enduring advantage in health insurance coverage,” said Dr. Tsang. “However .... "

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Barbara Yamashita as DHS Deputy Director
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 4559 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care
She fills the vacancy left by Pankaj Bhanot, who returned to his previous position as chief administrator of the DHS Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division ....
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Saturday, January 14, 2012
Full Text AG Louie: Assisted Suicide Not Legal in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 PM :: 9711 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Life

Word comes from state Sen. Josh Green, a doctor who had asked for the opinion from Attorney General David Louie....

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Sunday, December 18, 2011
Abercrombie Doubles Down on Policies Which Killed HMC Hospitals
By Andrew Walden @ 8:49 PM :: 7282 Views :: Health Care

This week’s closure of Hawaii Medical Center hospitals in Ewa and Liliha—with the loss of 1,000 jobs--will be the first of many unless the Abercrombie administration abandons its suicidal policy of dismantling the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act.

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Thursday, December 08, 2011
Hawaii Physicians Rally Against Assisted Suicide
By Selected News Articles @ 5:42 AM :: 7764 Views :: Health Care, Life

There will be a panel presentation on the current status of PAS in Hawaii at the Capitol auditorium on December 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Abercrombie's Medicaid Cuts based on Obamacare Requirements
By Selected News Articles @ 11:04 AM :: 5074 Views :: Health Care

...states are already responding to Obamacare’s “maintenance of effort” clause and the anticipated 2014 expansion by cutting services....

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Friday, October 21, 2011
No Gag Order in Hawaii Blind-Deaf School Homosexual Rape Gang Case
By Selected News Articles @ 12:21 AM :: 10298 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Health Care

...Scott O'Neal, the counselor named in the lawsuit, and his lawyer, Randall K. Schmidt, fired back with a request to enjoin Green from making further media statements to ensure a fair trial....

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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Report: Abercrombie’s effort to dump Prepaid Health Care Act will drive Debts to 90% of GDP
By Andrew Walden @ 2:33 PM :: 4219 Views :: Health Care

“the key driver of increasing state and local expenditures is health-care costs, especially Medicaid and subsidies for health-insurance exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009.”

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Monday, August 15, 2011
Lawsuit: Adult counselor engaged in questionable activities with students at Blind, Deaf School
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 PM :: 7403 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

The mother, Jane Doe, claims that the "defendants had actual or constructive knowledge of what was going on."

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Sunday, August 14, 2011
Micronesians: “Its just better in Arkansas”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 24510 Views :: National News, World News, Health Care, Cost of Living

Neil Abercrombie says Hawaii can’t afford Micronesians.

All four members of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation say Micronesians are “unsustainable.”

Arkansas disagrees.

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Monday, June 06, 2011
DHS: Thousands of ghost names on Hawaii Medicare, Medicaid Rolls
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 10376 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

“Where we are required to do sampling and have found that of those in our sample who can be identified, roughly 7% to 10% of them are not eligible. In an additional large number of cases, we are unable to receive information to make a determination. So it could be much greater.”

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Friday, May 20, 2011
VIDEO: Abercrombie squares off with Maui Nurses
By Video @ 1:09 AM :: 9577 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Politicians

Listen carefully to the nurses in this video. They are ready to dump the HGEA.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Obamacare: HMSA announces statewide scheme to cut costs
By News Release @ 11:55 PM :: 6694 Views :: Health Care

Big news release which can be condensed into one word: RATIONING.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Hawaii Nursing Home Care costs 58% more than National Average
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 10526 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The median annual rate in Hawaii for a private nursing home room is $122,640 per year, greater than the national rate of $77,745 per year.

Nationally, the median annual cost of long term care in an assisted living facility is $39,135, an increase of 6.0 percent annually over the past six years. In Hawaii, the annual cost of assisted living care is $45,900 ....

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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Pay-for-Performance in Medicare Could Do More Harm Than Good
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:40 AM :: 4130 Views :: Health Care

In 2012, Obamacare will create the “Value-Based Purchasing Program” in Medicare. Using a pay-for-performance scheme, the program will reimburse hospitals and other health care providers at different rates based on how they score on performance measures chosen by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Friday, February 18, 2011
Slom: Feds not investigating Palafox
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:03 PM :: 5663 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

KITV reported that the accusations against Dr. Palafox may have been false and driven by two DOH employees he was about to lay off. Information I have confirms that the Federal Government does not view Dr. Palafox as one under any investigation.

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Monday, January 31, 2011
Full Text: Obamacare ruled unconstitutional -- Again
By Selected News Articles @ 5:16 PM :: 4730 Views :: Health Care

"Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void."

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Friday, January 28, 2011
Abercrombie Administration admits lying about Palafox withdrawal
By Andrew Walden @ 11:48 PM :: 10563 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

Adding to its developing reputation for secrecy, the Abercrombie Administration has now clearly lied about at least one aspect of the sudden withdrawal of Dr Neal Palafox’s DoH nomination.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Palafox subject of Fraud Investigation? Abercrombie’s DoH pick withdraws
By Selected News Articles @ 10:39 PM :: 10994 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

Governor Abercrombie’s nominee to head the State Department of Health, Dr Neal Palafox MD, has suddenly withdrawn his name from consideration. HNN and the Star-Advertiser report that Palafox may be “involved in a medical reimbursement investigation.”  Palafox was picked over Senator Josh Green MD of Kona.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Audit fuels “clinically psychotic” HGEA effort to strangle tax collection
By Andrew Walden @ 8:17 PM :: 10212 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Taxes

The inevitable failure of DOTax to replicate CGI’s tax collection frenzy should cut revenues by about $27M per year. How many government union jobs will be lost or furloughed due to the bumbling HGEA leaders’ choice of targets?

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Thursday, September 09, 2010
Highest suicide rate in US: Hawaii DoE highschoolers
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 13541 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Judiciary, Life

According to 2009 YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) data, Hawai‘i high school students had the highest self-reported prevalence of considering suicide (19%), the highest for making a plan (16%), the highest for attempting (13%), and the 4th highest prevalence for being treated for a self-inflicted injury (4.5%) in the country. 

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Sunday, July 18, 2010
$400M Medicare/Medicaid scam run by parent of Ohana Health Plan
By Andrew Walden @ 12:55 PM :: 8519 Views :: Health Care

The company said it expected to settle the civil damages case for $137.5 million. That is in addition to $80 million WellCare agreed to pay in May 2009 to defer criminal prosecution on a felony charge of fraud....

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Monday, July 12, 2010
HSTA demands candidates oppose funds for disabled students
By Andrew Walden @ 4:38 PM :: 6497 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Labor

From question #7:

“HSTA opposes any legislation to provide public funds for tax subsidies (tax credits, tax deductions) or vouchers for private education, religious or home school expenses, or inclusion of vouchers within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).”

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Psychologists dump 'Gay Gene' theory
By Selected News Articles @ 12:12 AM :: 12975 Views :: Family, Health Care

Are same-sex attractions biologically determined?  Most people are under the impression that they are.  Organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA), have helped propagate the idea. 

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Lingle veto protects QUEST from Legislature
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 3699 Views :: Health Care

Under HB 2085 HD1 SD2, the Lingle-Aiona Administration, through the State Department of Human Services (DHS), would be prohibited from soliciting proposals for new QUEST contracts exceeding $100 million.  These contracts could only be put out to bid by the new DHS administration, which will not be in place until December 2010 at the earliest.

(In other words, the Leg wants to make sure the contracting process generates campaign contributions for them.)

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Cadillac Tax is back: Obamacare to tax union workers’ health plans, gut $350M from Hawaii State budget
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 5749 Views :: Health Care, Labor

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is headed into a meeting with President Obama this afternoon after the White House and Congressional leaders have begun to discuss a higher-than-expected excise tax on some health care plans, in order to maintain their claim that health care legislation will reduce the deficit, a source involved in health care talks said.  (Those are UNION-negotiated health plans.)

Any unexpected change to the health care plan could endanger support for the bill from labor, which agreed to back it after reductions to the planned excise tax.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
"We don't allow dogs to breed" Eugenics Sterilization Squad arrives in Hawaii: Star-Bulletin says “not racist”
By Andrew Walden @ 3:45 PM :: 10892 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness, Drugs

Hawaii can’t figure out how to kick drug addicted homeless people out of the parks and sidewalks in order to force them into shelters where they can get help, but apparently induced sterilization is now an option.  Today’s SB Editorial, “Voluntary (sic) sterilization can serve good purpose”, reveals that an eugenics group has been quietly working in Honolulu.... 

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