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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Full Text: ERS Files Suit to Stop SB2077 ‘Catastrophe’
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 4181 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 :: 3980 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 :: 2851 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 :: 1853 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 :: 2167 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 :: 2820 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 :: 3716 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 :: 2470 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 :: 3042 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 :: 2694 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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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Ige: The concerns expressed in my veto message have not changed
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 2948 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The bill jeopardizes the Employees Retirement System’s tax exempt status...."

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Maui Hospital Veto Override will jeopardize the Employee Retirement System
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:11 AM :: 3594 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... Grassroot Institute Exposes Flaws in Veto Override Regarding Maui Hospitals ....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Zika Spreads—1300 Cases in Continental US and Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:41 PM :: 2165 Views :: Health Care

The caregiver of an elderly Zika patient in Utah has been diagnosed with the virus, raising questions among health officials about how the virus was transmitted....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Hawaii Says ‘Aloha’ to Direct Primary Care
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 2787 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii's First Direct Primary Care Practice Opens in Kailua-Kona ....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
State lawmakers to return Monday to discuss wasteful $25 million union deal
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:13 AM :: 2201 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Legislators will convene on Monday, July 18th for a special session to determine whether $25 million in severance pay will be paid to union employees transitioning to new employment in a private hospital system....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Maui HGEA Payoff: Still $25M too Much
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:04 PM :: 3260 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The legislature must avoid establishing a costly disincentive that would hinder the saving of other neighbor islands' hospital systems through healthy public-private partnerships...."

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Monday, July 11, 2016
Healthcare: Legislators Muddle Definition of ‘Direct Primary Care’
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 2001 Views :: Health Care

“There’s plenty of resistance from insurance companies at the state level against direct primary care."

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
HGEA: Ige Preparing Reduced Hospital Severance Package
By News Release @ 9:10 PM :: 3465 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...In a Special Session, Legislators may amend the bill and take a vote - bill passes with a simple majority....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
$42 Million Bid May Stall Hospital Transition and Jeopardize Union Jobs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:23 PM :: 2944 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...The new hospital public-private partnership is estimated to save the state $260 million in costs over the next decade....these savings could disappear if the costs for the transition is too great....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Study: Home Care Costs Increase in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 PM :: 2634 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...the costs can add up to as much as $57,772 per year in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Single Payer Activists to Target Hawaii for Socialist Medicine?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 AM :: 2033 Views :: Health Care

...single-payer advocates are focusing on individual states....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Compact Impact: Why Pacific Islanders are Fleeing to Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:58 PM :: 3677 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

Compact Impact: Why Pacific Islanders are Fleeing to Hawaii - Neil Mellen...

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Monday, June 27, 2016
Ige: Intent to Veto 9 Bills
By News Release @ 7:59 PM :: 2617 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

On July 12, any measure that has not been signed or vetoed by Gov. Ige will become law with or without his signature....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Privatization: 20 Years of UPW Garbage in Hawaii’s Courts
By Selected News Articles @ 10:02 PM :: 4173 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care, Judiciary, Labor

20 years ago, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that an agreement between the County of Hawaii and a private contractor for the operation of a county landfill violated civil service laws....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Child Well-Being: Hawaii Ranks 23rd
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 3644 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Court Lifts Stay—Allows Maui Hospital Privatization to Proceed
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 3263 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...negotiations continue and the order still prevents the parties from actually closing the transaction....

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Pay for Performance: AMA Softening Stand Against Assisted Suicide?
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:09 PM :: 2556 Views :: Health Care, Life

...Meet the Insurance Executive Behind Assisted Suicide in Hawaii....

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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Survey: More High-Risk Behavior from Hawaii Public High School Youth
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 3310 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is administered in odd-numbered years to Hawai‘i public school students in grades 6–12....

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Sunday, June 05, 2016
What Will We Do Next for Maui Hospital Workers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3139 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"All patients of all ages will be negatively impacted by service cuts, so please support privatization.”

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
It’s not just for the birds--GM mosquitoes could stave off Zika in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 2749 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

Zika will not just disappear in Hawaii, it will take constant vigilance, and lots of pesticide spray, to keep it in check....

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Interior Dept. Worsening Bad Situation for COFA Migrants
By News Release @ 9:30 PM :: 3049 Views :: National News, Health Care

...OIA is now training migrants to maximize their dependency on taxpayer-funded services in Guam and Hawaii....

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Monday, May 30, 2016
Report: Hawaii 5th-Healthiest Seniors
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 4666 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Next-generation seniors set to be less healthy than current seniors, with 55 percent growth in diabetes, 25 percent increase in obesity....

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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Regents to Vote on New UH Cancer Center Director
By News Release @ 3:53 AM :: 2486 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

“He can be instrumental in our efforts to keep the UH Cancer Center NCI-designated"

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Billions of Dollars Later, Veterans Health Administration Still Failing
By NCPA @ 2:05 PM :: 2801 Views :: Health Care, Military

The results are pretty bad, according to a report by Dr. Sanjay Gupta....

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
$500M: Obama Raids Zika Budget to Finance UN Climate Change Fund
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:22 PM :: 2572 Views :: Health Care

...the Obama administration already has the authority to pay for a Zika response from existing agency budgets, but chose not to....

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Full Text: Attorney General Asks 9th Circuit to Lift Stay on Maui Memorial Privatization
By News Release @ 10:08 AM :: 2992 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...Will HGEA/UPW $40M Shakedown stand up in court?....

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Video Sales Pitch Helps Convince Hawaii Patients to Die Cheaply
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 3532 Views :: Health Care, Life

...part of a larger initiative to transform medical care for serious illness in the state of Hawaii....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Temporary Injunction Blocks Maui Hospital Privatization
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 3476 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

Today’s order lasts only until September 30, 2016, unless sooner terminated by the Court. The Court also ordered the parties to the lawsuit to file a joint status report on or before June 30, 2016....

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Kaiser Names New Leadership for Privatized Maui Hospitals
By News Release @ 10:27 AM :: 2710 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

...Maui Health System will manage operations at each of the hospitals effective July 1, 2016....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
E-Scrips: New York First to Adopt Common Sense Solution to Opioid Abuse
By NCPA @ 3:38 PM :: 3065 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

... will Hawaii be next? ....

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Obesity Rate Lowest in Hawaii, Highest in West Virginia
By Selected News Articles @ 6:28 PM :: 2287 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

At 18.5%, Hawaii has the lowest adult obesity rate in the U.S., closely followed by Colorado at 19.8%....

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Monday, May 09, 2016
Getting Old? Hawaii 7th Best Place to be
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 2982 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Study Examining Senior Care Cost and Quality Reveals Best and Worst States to Age in....

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Friday, May 06, 2016
New FDA Regs May Shut Down 95% of E-Cig Industry
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 3558 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Drugs

...The rule goes into effect August 8, 2016....

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Friday, May 06, 2016
Feds: After Losing Millions, Hawaii Medicaid Fraud Control Finally Improving
By News Release @ 2:20 AM :: 2229 Views :: Health Care

“Medicaid fraud takes tax dollars from patients who need coverage and gives it to criminals."

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Thursday, May 05, 2016
Health: Hawaii Lawmakers Struggle to Define Direct Primary Care
By Selected News Articles @ 7:08 PM :: 2727 Views :: Health Care

Dr. Phil Eskew, founder of DPC Frontier, says the bill’s language requesting the insurance division of DCCA to conduct a survey suggests Hawaii lawmakers don’t understand what DPC is....

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Disgusting: Another Massive Recall of Hawaii Organic Food Infested with Listeria
By News Release @ 4:30 AM :: 3112 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

... serious and sometimes fatal infections ... high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women ....

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Experimental Drugs for Terminal Patients? Ige Vetoes SB2181
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 1925 Views :: Health Care

"...this measure unreasonably intrudes upon a system of federal law in violation of the Supremacy Clause...."

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
House Democrats: Ballot Photos, Gun Restrictions and Sex Change Operations
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 3508 Views :: Family, Health Care, Cost of Living

House Democrats are here to cut off your ....

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Hawaii 3rd Most Expensive Home Health Care in U.S.
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 PM :: 4053 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

When it comes to hiring a home health aide, where you live matters....

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Big Island 30 Days Without Dengue
By News Release @ 1:56 AM :: 3298 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care

"As Zika continues to spread rapidly overseas, we must take precautionary measures to prevent any locally acquired cases from taking hold in our state.”

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