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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Honolulu VA Medical Center Among Worst 30% -- again
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 4025 Views :: Health Care, Military

...their overall statistics are in the bottom 10th percentile of the rating scale for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, employee satisfaction, primary care new patient wait time, and mental health continuity of care....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
The State of Obesity in Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:07 PM :: 1859 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii's adult obesity rate is currently 23.8%, up from 15.7% in 2000 and from 8.9% in 1990....

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Auditor: DoH 'Loses' Paperwork--Kills Investigation of PKF Recycling Audit
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:53 PM :: 3368 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Originally bid at $76,400, the contract grew to $543,374—a 611 percent increase—while its scope shrank and the deliverables’ deadline were extended by a year. In the end, the PKF founder was arrested at the arport....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
DoH: Prepare Workflows for Optimal Suicide Experience Starting Jan 1
By News Release @ 2:11 PM :: 1985 Views :: Health Care, Life

...workflows that support timely referrals and effective clinical standards....

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Monday, October 15, 2018
Hawaii 2nd Lowest Uninsured Rate in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 1947 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Change in Uninsured Rate Between 2010 & 2017 -4.04% ....

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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Obamacare: 38-state lawsuit reveals deep national divide over states’ rights, federal role, taxation
By Selected News Articles @ 6:40 PM :: 1702 Views :: Health Care

...the case is expected to reach the Supreme Court, where the matter may be finally settled....

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Sunday, October 07, 2018
Guess Which Agency May Be Forgoing Millions in Federal Dollars?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2212 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Taxes

...It is very tempting for a DOE administrator to think, “There’s no benefit for us if we do all this work because the Legislature needs to fund us anyway...."

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Thursday, October 04, 2018
Pearl City: Lowest Percentage of Disabled in Poverty in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 AM :: 2651 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...2018’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities....

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Years Later KOLEA System Still not 100% Compliant with Obamacare Requirements
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:30 PM :: 1900 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Follow-Up on Recommendations from Report No. 15-20, Audit of the Department of Human Services’ KOLEA System....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
DoH Report on Underage Transsexuals Makes no Mention of the Child Molesters who Victimize Them
By Andrew Walden @ 9:47 PM :: 2960 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...The term “hate crime” comes up six times in the report but the phrase “child molestation” never appears....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
DoH Receives $8M Federal Grant to Fight Opioid Abuse
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 2334 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...Americans initiating heroin use dropped by around half from 2016 to 2017. The number of Americans misusing opioids also dropped for the second year in a row, and the number receiving specialty treatment for heroin use increased....

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Monday, September 24, 2018
Report Ties Hawaii Youth Suicide Rate to HSTA Grab for HGEA Positions
By Andrew Walden @ 7:01 PM :: 6183 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Health Care, Labor

"...Behavioral Specialists described an alarming frequency of significantly dangerous behaviors exhibited by a number of students, including suicide attempts that were nearly fatal...." 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
States With the Most Skin Cancer--Hawaii 33rd
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 AM :: 1953 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Annual skin cancer diagnoses: 20.3 per 100,000 residents....

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Saturday, August 11, 2018
UH Survey: HPV Vaccination Rates Low
By News Release @ 2:16 PM :: 2678 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...only 35 percent of daughters and 19 percent of sons had received all three shots of the vaccine series....

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Monday, August 06, 2018
Access to Healthcare--Hawaii Ranks 35th
By Selected News Articles @ 9:28 PM :: 2083 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... and Hawaii dead last in Physician Medicare Acceptance Rate ....

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Friday, August 03, 2018
Feds Ask Judge to Dismiss Hawaii Planned Parenthood Suit
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 PM :: 3478 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care, Life

... Under the new criteria, recipients for grants must either follow a “sexual risk reduction model” or a “sexual risk avoidance model” ....

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Friday, August 03, 2018
Home Care Agencies must apply for State License
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 2718 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...Beginning Aug. 10, 2018, the Hawai‘i Department of Health will require all Home Care Agencies to apply for licensure by the state....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Got a Fake Service Animal? Hawaii Civil Rights Commission Lawyers Can Help
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 2843 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

"...under both state and federal fair housing laws, a person with a disability has the right to request ... use of an assistance animal that works, assists, provides emotional support...."

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Friday, July 13, 2018
HB1895: Legislators Give Tobacco Lobbyists Control Over Counties
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 4415 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...This provision would block (preempt) county governments in Hawaii from passing their own laws to reduce tobacco use, including measures addressing the sale of candy-flavored tobacco products and menthol cigarettes that attract kids....

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Friday, July 06, 2018
Blue Cross: Hawaii Lowest Rate of Diagnosed Major Depression
By News Release @ 1:24 AM :: 2121 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Wide variations exist in diagnosis rates between states and cities....

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018
UH Cancer Center Keeps National Cancer Institute designation
By News Release @ 5:38 PM :: 2127 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

...Of more than 1,000 cancer centers across the country, the UH Cancer Center is one of only 70 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers in the nation....

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Saturday, June 30, 2018
Hawaii ranks 24th in national child well-being
By News Release @ 12:22 PM :: 2855 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released June 27 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
More Than 8 Cents of Each State Revenue Dollar Goes to Medicaid
By Selected News Articles @ 2:21 AM :: 2026 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii spent the second-lowest share of its own dollars on Medicaid in 2016....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Special Ed: DoE Loses Class Action Suit Filed for 495 Students
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 3719 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Health Care, Labor

...495 young adults from Hawai'i will soon be receiving compensatory education and education-related services thanks to the recent settlement....

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
New Medicare Cards are Arriving in Hawaii and Pacific Territories
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 1795 Views :: Health Care

...CMS removes Social Security numbers, increasing fraud protection and consumer experience for millions of Americans....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
After a Few Months of Typing, HGEA Member Scores Lifetime 'Disability' Pension
By Robert Thomas @ 1:23 PM :: 3536 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...with 10 years of back payments thanks to a 3-2 decision of the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ige Unveils Security Features Designed to Make it Harder for HGEA Members to Have Sex With Mental Patients or Let Them Escape
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 3039 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Law Enforcement

...patients and staff expected to occupy the new building in 2021....

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Friday, May 11, 2018
Pressler out at DoH
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 2530 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Anderson will be taking over for Pressler.  He has served as administrator of the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources since October 2015....

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Assisted Suicide: A Look into Hawaii's Future
By Selected News Articles @ 4:14 PM :: 2578 Views :: Health Care, Life

...look to other places both here and abroad where assisted suicide is already legal....

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Sunday, May 06, 2018
OHA releases report on health of Native Hawaiian women
By News Release @ 2:24 PM :: 2515 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, OHA

... Haumea: Transforming the Health of Native Hawaiian Women and Empowering Wāhine Well-Being, a 150-page report ....

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Saturday, May 05, 2018
Funds for Treating Individuals with Mental Illness: Is Your State Generous or Stingy?
By News Release @ 3:12 PM :: 2128 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...study reveals dramatic eight-fold difference in percentage of state funds allocated to helping mentally ill....

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Saturday, May 05, 2018
Feds Approve Hawaii Air Ambulance deal
By News Release @ 11:20 AM :: 2068 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Merger of Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc. and AMR Holdco, Inc....

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Thursday, May 03, 2018
Commonwealth Fund: Hawaii Among Top Health Systems
By News Release @ 6:04 PM :: 2058 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...40 measures of access to health care, quality of care, efficiency in care delivery, health outcomes, and income-based health care disparities....

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Hawaii is the Worst State for Nurses
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 2844 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...51st for Annual Nursing Salary (Adj for Cost of Living)....

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018
HHS agrees to investigate Hawaii for forcing pregnancy centers, doctors to promote abortion
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 3378 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Life

...attorneys filed complaint over violations of federal conscience protections....

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Hawaii: How Safe is Your Hospital?
By News Release @ 1:15 PM :: 2196 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii has the highest proportion of 'A' grade hospitals in USA....

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
LEAD: Police to Refer Homeless Offenders to Treatment
By News Release @ 9:30 PM :: 3752 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

...The pilot is funded by the Hawai‘i Department of Health — Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division and involves a partnership between more than 30 community organizations....

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Children's Health Care Hawaii Ranks 7th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 PM :: 1922 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...but Hawaii ranks 44th for kids dental health care....

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Friday, April 13, 2018
GAO: Hawaii-Pacific Vets Wait 75 Days to Receive VA Care
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 3350 Views :: Health Care, Military

...veterans experienced delays related to the processing of their enrollment applications, contacting them to schedule appointments, and completing comprehensive mental health evaluations....

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Kauai County Sues Opioid Manufacturers
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 3468 Views :: Kauai County, Health Care, Drugs

...litigation against manufacturers, marketers, and distributors of opioid pain medications who have irresponsibly spread this terrible epidemic....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
AMA: Hawaii Has Longest Life Expectancy
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 3002 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...In 2016, Hawaii had the highest life expectancy at birth (81.3 years) and Mississippi had the lowest (74.7 years), a 6.6-year difference....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Is Obamacare Unconstitutional Without Individual Mandate Tax? Hawaii AG Attempts to Intervene
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 PM :: 1949 Views :: Health Care

...Congress’ gutting of the individual mandate tax penalty last year leaves the law unconstitutional....

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Friday, April 06, 2018
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 3805 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care, Life

...Bills that would have (1) established a task force to reduce suicides in Hawaii by 25% (HB2278 HD1), (2) designate September as Suicide Prevention Month (HB1703) and (3) create an application for smartphones designed to provide resources to Hawaii's youth (HB1704) all perished....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Hawaii’s ill-chosen legalization of assisted suicide
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 2681 Views :: Health Care, Life

...We can learn a lot about the folly of this path if we look to other places here and abroad where assisted suicide already is legal. A quick survey turns up countless instances of the failures of these laws to safeguard the most vulnerable....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Just Shut Up: The Price of Pandering to Anti-Vaxxers
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:04 PM :: 3230 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

...the other night at 1AM, my 7 year old woke up moaning about not feeling well. She was running a 104 degree fever....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
Senate Vote 23-2--Assisted Suicide Heads for Ige's Desk
By Selected News Articles @ 7:52 PM :: 3078 Views :: Health Care, Life

...“Assisted suicide is dangerous public policy with potentially deadly consequences for everyone, but especially people with disabilities, the sick, the poor, and the elderly"....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Fake War Hero Gets Real Prison Time
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 2585 Views :: Health Care, Military

...United States District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright sentenced Cody Joslin, age 32, to 18 months in prison today for theft of funds from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Senate Rushing to Commit Suicide--Vote Set With One Day Notice
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:22 PM :: 2501 Views :: Health Care, Life

The Senate Chambers will have HB2739 HD1 on the agenda (we have no idea where it will be on the agenda) when session opens tomorrow, March 29, 2018, at 11:30 a.m....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Hawaii Among Worst States for Doctors
By Selected News Articles @ 2:20 PM :: 3435 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business, Cost of Living

...but has the 5th-least punative Medical Board....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
USNWR: Kauai Healthiest County in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 AM :: 2366 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Below are the 2018 rankings of the top 500 Healthiest Communities nationwide, and how they scored across each of the 10 categories....

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