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Thursday, November 03, 2016
Hawaii First State to File ‘Complete’ Obamacare Waiver
By Selected News Articles @ 4:40 PM :: 2998 Views :: Health Care

January 1, 2017 is the first day that these waiver programs could take effect....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Obamacare 2017 Premium Hikes 25 Percent. What's Next?
By NCPA @ 3:16 AM :: 2433 Views :: Health Care

Back in June, it looked like the hike would be 16 percent....

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Saturday, October 29, 2016
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 1963 Views :: Health Care

...job search, job referrals, vocational training, and work-based learning opportunities to individuals with disabilities....

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Hawaii Health Insurance Premiums Growing Faster than Most States
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 2500 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...premiums have continued to grow by 5 percent per year or more in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and Utah....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Hawaii Obamacare Premiums Going Up 32% for 2017—Unless You Get a Tax Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:53 PM :: 3160 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits

Health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces (also called exchanges) are expected to increase faster in 2017 than in previous years....

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Monday, October 24, 2016
Pay for Performance: Budget Busting "Incentives" in Medicare Reform
By NCPA @ 5:59 PM :: 1901 Views :: Health Care

...MACRA imported all the worst elements of Obamacare into Medicare....

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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Survey: 47% of Oahu MDs Refusing New Medicare Patients
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 2789 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

463 of the 479 active primary care practices in Oahu were contacted between 2/11/16 and 8/26/16 and questioned about current acceptance of new patients....

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Video: The Town That Privatized Everything
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:58 PM :: 2445 Views :: Health Care

“We’ve never even heard of a publicly run hospital.”

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Saturday, October 15, 2016
The Health Financing Crown Wears Heavy on the Insurers’ Heads
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:03 PM :: 1830 Views :: Health Care

Some have argued that health insurance is “not insurance”....

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Pension Reform? Fiscal responsibility is key to improving state's economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:03 PM :: 3579 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...administration will seek to both accelerate state payments into the Employee Retirement System pension fund and establish new rules for dealing with the privatization of government operations....

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Monday, October 10, 2016
Do Hawaii's special-interest-controlled politicians really want a hospital on Maui?
By Jan Shields RN @ 1:26 PM :: 2584 Views :: Health Care

...Maui residents fly over to Oahu, bring thousands of our medical dollars there....  It is a guaranteed income for Oahu hospitals....

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Monday, October 03, 2016
Inclusion for the Disabled: Hawaii Ranks 5th
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 2396 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...The Case for Inclusion, an annual ranking of how well State Medicaid programs serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities....

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Saturday, October 01, 2016
DoH: Hawaii has highest rate of tooth decay among kids
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 2960 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The results of Hawaii Smiles confirm that Hawaii’s children have the highest prevalence of tooth decay in the United States....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
VA Inspector General Report on VA Pacific Islands Health Care System Honolulu
By News Release @ 11:42 AM :: 2869 Views :: Health Care, Military

...leadership and staff consistently reported difficulty in recruiting and retaining qualified employees due to the cost of living, distance, and isolation of island life....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Obamacare Forcing Hawaii Doctors out of Business—Many become Hospital Employees
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 3989 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business

81.7% Regional Growth in Hospital Ownership of Physician Practices and Employment of Physicians....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Maui Hospital Names Interim CEO
By News Release @ 5:04 AM :: 2878 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

Dr. Barry Shitamoto as Interim Chief Executive Officer effective Nov. 1, 2016.....

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Feds ‘Search for Solution to Hawaii’s Mosquito Problem’
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 PM :: 3546 Views :: Environment, Health Care, GMOs
"We all must be diligent in the search for a solution to the mosquito problem that affects humans and animals alike."
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Need a Sandwich? Call an Ambulance
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:02 AM :: 3317 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care, Homelessness

Among the many problems our community faces with the rampant homeless crisis is the use of our ambulances by a minority in our community, as a personal taxi service....

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Friday, September 16, 2016
Maui Memorial Hospital CEO Resigns
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 3247 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

...the Maui Region Board announces Chief Executive Officer Wesley Lo’s departure effective October 31, 2016....

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Friday, September 16, 2016
House Passes VA Accountability, Appeals Reform
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 2526 Views :: Health Care, Military

...a comprehensive bill to help ensure that veterans like Roy Hall get the benefits they've earned....

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Thursday, September 15, 2016
E-cigarette use linked to successful attempts to quit smoking
By News Release @ 4:22 AM :: 2579 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...In 2015, use of e-cigarettes may have resulted in an additional 18,000 long-term ex-smokers in England....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Hawaii Marks Nation’s Sharpest Drop in Hospital Readmissions
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 2396 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii hospital readmissions fell 13.4% in 5 years....

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Hawaii 7th Best State for Health Care
By Selected News Articles @ 12:02 PM :: 2111 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

WalletHub analysts recently compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 3 key dimension: health care costs, access, and outcomes....

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Hawaii Short 500 Doctors statewide
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 AM :: 2469 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The latest figures are from the Hawaiʻi Physician Workforce Assessment, released today....

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016
New Report Finds Hawaii's Obesity Rate is 22.7 Percent, Third Lowest
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 2571 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation....

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Sunday, September 04, 2016
Hospital deal is stalled, roadblocked and obstructed in every way
By News Release @ 5:42 AM :: 5148 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...Why are matters of life and death not taking precedence over every other issue facing the state at this time?....

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Friday, September 02, 2016
Hospital delay heightens vulnerability to Hurricanes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:47 PM :: 2875 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

At the very moment when they should be preparing for a possible hurricane, Maui is looking at cutting back health services....

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Thursday, September 01, 2016
EpiPen: A Case Study of Government Harm
By NCPA @ 4:24 PM :: 2214 Views :: Health Care

...the government made a couple of interventions in the market that allowed the manufacturer to raise prices....

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Thursday, September 01, 2016
Thanks to Union Stalling Tactics, Maui Hospital to Cut Beds, Services
By News Release @ 3:49 AM :: 3718 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

The impact of the bed closures will mean a decreased capacity with critical services such as Stroke, Heart, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Trauma and other critical care needs requiring transport to Oahu....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Kaiser: Union Stalling Pushes Maui Hospital Transfer Date to July 1, 2017
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 3676 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

With a new date of July 1, 2017, we will all avoid the perpetual raising and dashing of expectations as interim closing dates are repeatedly set and cancelled....

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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Crave Oxycontin? Hawaii is the Place to Be
By Selected News Articles @ 9:52 PM :: 3945 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

Paper Scripts! Hawaii is the lowest ranked state for electronic prescription of controlled substances ....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
ERS Saved: Judge Grants Restraining Order Against SB2077
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 3819 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

SB2077 could result in the ERS plan being disqualified by the Internal Revenue Service....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
‘All Natural Wild Harvest’ Scallops Behind Hepatitis Outbreak
By News Release @ 4:55 AM :: 2907 Views :: Health Care

...frozen bay scallops produced on November 23-24, 2015 in the Philippines....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Obesity? Hawaii 3rd-Slimmest State
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 2324 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Obesity among Hawaii high schoolers declines, bucking national trend....

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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Hepatitis? Zika? Anti-GMO Crowd Gets Squirrely
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:24 PM :: 3529 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

So what prompted them to address the issue nearly 2 months late? ....

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Hepatitis Traced to Genki Sushi, Frozen Scallops
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 1992 Views :: Health Care

Genki Sushi Restaurants on Oahu and Kauai will remain closed until the Department of Health can ensure their safe operation. All frozen scallop products from distributors Koha Oriental Foods and True World Foods are being restricted and will be destroyed....

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Hawaii Obamacare waiver could serve as national blueprint
By Selected News Articles @ 5:25 AM :: 2692 Views :: Health Care

...we are eliminating the Obamacare exchange; we are doing just fine with prepaid....

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Maui: Zika May Have Spread to Local Mosquitoes
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 3051 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

"...we have been searching house to house the areas where the cases live and visited on Maui. We are looking for additional human cases and looking for mosquitoes and breeding sites....”

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Friday, August 12, 2016
Full Text: State, UPW Reach Maui Hospital Agreement
By News Release @ 11:55 PM :: 3446 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

The Maui Region hospitals will be transferred from Hawai‘i Health System Corporation management to Kaiser not earlier than November 6, 2016....

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
Hawaii: Fewest Malpractice Suits Per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 2309 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii has only 4.9 malpractice lawsuits per 100K residents per year....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Full Text: ERS Files Suit to Stop SB2077 ‘Catastrophe’
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 3905 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

... contributions would be included in the employees’ income and taxed as normal wages when contributed. Further, the employees would be subject to federal income taxes on the portion of their benefits funded by the employer at the time that the benefits vest ....

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Sunday, August 07, 2016
Aftermath of the Maui Hospital Benefits Veto Override
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3731 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...what happens if a benefit plan does get disqualified? According to the IRS’ website, there are potentially severe consequences to the employer, the employees, and the plan itself....

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Thursday, August 04, 2016
US News Ranks Best Hospitals in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 AM :: 2676 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Ratings for 28 Hospitals in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Will Olympic Visitors Bring Zika Back With Them?
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 1697 Views :: Health Care

...the 2016 Summer Olympic Games are set to begin at the end of this week in Rio de Janeiro....

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Hawaii Medicare: 50% of Payments to be on Incentive Plan
By News Release @ 5:28 AM :: 2008 Views :: Health Care

...pay providers for achieving results in lieu of a traditional fee-for-service model....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
SB2077: Randy Perreira Face-Saving Bill
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 2620 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...kabuki theater aimed at baffling and confusing union members to make it look like their union bosses are actually doing something for them when they’re not....

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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Heart Association: Second Hand Marijuana Smoke Worse than Tobacco
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 3526 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

Rats’ blood vessels took at least three times longer to recover function after only a minute of breathing secondhand marijuana smoke....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Lawsuit: Compel Department of Health to post long term care home inspection reports
By Selected News Articles @ 4:14 PM :: 2281 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

You would think that posting care home inspections online would have been easy....

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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Tulsi Gabbard Votes Against Zika Funding
By Joni Kamiya @ 6:25 PM :: 2853 Views :: Health Care, Politicians

When politics start to affect public health and well being, there’s a major problem....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
The Hawaii Legislature's Exercise in Short-Term Thinking
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 PM :: 2484 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

In essence, the legislature just handed the Hawaii taxpayers a bill, and even they don't know how high it's going to be....

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