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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
New Report Compares E-Cigarette Taxes in 50 States
By Selected News Articles @ 5:03 PM :: 2765 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...some project that vapor products will surpass traditional cigarettes in consumption over the next decade....

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Friday, March 18, 2016
MDs: Gender Ideology Harms Children
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 3211 Views :: Family, Health Care

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Organic Farmers Thwart Tropical Disease Eradication Efforts
By Selected News Articles @ 6:44 PM :: 3010 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

"It's not a question of if, it's a question of when Zika comes here to this island, and we have a very unique opportunity right now to squash it."

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
2016 County Health Rankings Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 2000 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Oahu ranks best followed by Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Counties....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
The Best—and Worst—States for Workers with Disabilities
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 2883 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

... In Hawaii 42.4% of people ages 18-64 with disabilities are employed, 8th highest in USA ....

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Sunday, March 06, 2016
Vegans are Crazy: Does Study Stand Up?
By Jack Dini @ 8:17 PM :: 2935 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

A post showing vegetarians and veggies tend to have significantly more mental disorders and health issues than meat-loving people has gone viral....

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Saturday, March 05, 2016
Hawaii Bill to Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients Clears Final House Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 2:38 PM :: 1757 Views :: Health Care

The legislation would enable terminally ill patients to access to medications and treatments not yet given final approval for use by the FDA....

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Monday, February 29, 2016
SB2956: Involuntary Commitment of Mentally Ill Without Court Order
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 2872 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Second Amendment

...the Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee, will give decision on  SB2956  Tuesday March 1....

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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Hawaii Right to Try Legislation Receives Bipartisan Support
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 2234 Views :: Health Care

... legislation that would enable medicine and medical device manufacturers to offer eligible terminally ill patients “investigational drugs” and “experimental treatments” ....

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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Feds Expanding Medicaid involvement in Hawaii homeless initiatives
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 2511 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

...Hawai‘i will focus on expanding Medicaid involvement in and support for the state’s housing and homelessness initiatives....

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Friday, February 26, 2016
Hawaii CON Law Throttles Health Care Access
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 2157 Views :: Health Care

...Grassroot Institute Testifies in Support of CON Law Reform....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Feds: We will Recover Billions Wasted on Obamacare State Exchanges
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 9:01 PM :: 2177 Views :: Health Care

To date, recovery of the billions in wasted state exchange funds has been near non-existent, despite failed exchanges in Oregon, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Nevada costing taxpayers $733 million....

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Monday, February 22, 2016
Grassroot Salutes Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:44 PM :: 2706 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...Watchdog group expresses hope that there will be no more roadblocks to better patient care....

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
HB1013: Hawaii’s Right to Try Bill
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:27 PM :: 1996 Views :: Health Care

...allow manufacturers of “investigational” drugs and treatments to make such treatments available to eligible terminally ill patients....

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
A Word With Ward - Dengue Fever with guest Dr. Sarah Parks
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:30 AM :: 2949 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care

Dr. Sarah Park is the Hawaii State Epidemiologist and Chief of the Disease Outbreak Control Division, Hawaii Department of Health....

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Full Text Court Order: UPW May Not Block Maui Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 2:58 AM :: 2848 Views :: Health Care, Labor

A federal judge rejected United Public Workers' emergency request to stay a law that privatizes three Hawaii hospitals and strips some 500 workers of civil-service protections....

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Friday, February 19, 2016
SB2615: Gay Control of Your Son
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 3352 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care

...Prohibits therapists from counteracting the effort of a child molester to turn your son gay....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
BBC: Use genetically modified mosquitoes on Big Island
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 2752 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

...while GM methods face challenges when applied in a continent as large as Africa, there is no such issue on an island isolated in middle of the Pacific Ocean....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Pounded by Schatz and Gabbard, Ige Finally Declares Dengue Emergency
By News Release @ 10:23 PM :: 2867 Views :: Environment, Health Care

The emergency proclamation will give the state access to the Major Disaster Fund, the option of waiving certain laws and regulations to expedite the outbreak response....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Federal Court: Unions Can't Stop Maui Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 PM :: 2605 Views :: Health Care, Labor

U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor refused to block the privatization after discussion on Feb. 9....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Gabbard: Obama, Kenoi show Leadership on Dengue—Where’s Ige?
By Video @ 5:25 PM :: 2283 Views :: Health Care

Tulsi Gabbard challenges Ige from floor of US House ....

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Kenoi Declares Dengue Emergency, Ige Refuses
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 3321 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Health Care

...meanwhile Obama is seeking $1.8B in Zika funding....

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
HB868 Gut n Replace: DoE Sneak Attack on Special Ed Students
By Selected News Articles @ 1:17 AM :: 3051 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

This is just the latest example of the Department of Education attempting to shortchange Hawaii’s special needs students....

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
Inspector General: Honolulu VA Hospital Fails on Suicide Prevention
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 2878 Views :: Health Care, Military

...in Honolulu, health records indicated that more than a third of outpatients were not evaluated at least four times in the 30 days after being flagged as high risk for suicide, as required by facility policy....

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
Final Report: Only 14,564 Apply for Obamacare in Hawaii—Lowest in USA
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 2154 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Applications Submitted: This includes a consumer who is on a completed and submitted application ....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
HB1686: New standard for involuntarily commitment to psychiatric facility
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 5:35 PM :: 3791 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

The recent rise in Hawaii's homeless population has highlighted the need for a better standard in involuntarily hospitalization.....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Feds: Only 13,194 people in Hawaii sign up for Obamacare
By News Release @ 3:31 PM :: 1858 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Only 4 days remain before final enrollment deadline for 2016 coverage....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
UH Cancer Center: E-Cigs are Cutting Deep into our Tobacco Tax Revenue—So We’re Hitting Back
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 3155 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Higher Education, Taxes
What if people stop smoking cigarettes? How are you going to pay the mortgage and salaries?
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Friday, January 22, 2016
Everything you need to know about Zika, virus that’s spreading like wildfire
By Selected News Articles @ 11:07 PM :: 2589 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

... will anti-GMO activists block mosquito eradication efforts? ....

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Friday, January 22, 2016
Only 12,764 people in Hawaii sign up for Obamacare with days to go
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 2486 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

January 31 is the end of open enrollment....

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Full Text: Ige Signs Agreement Privatizing Maui Hospitals
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 3407 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...transferring the operation and management of the HHSC Maui Region health care facilities from the state to Kaiser Permanente....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Hawaii: Only 11,949 Sign up for Obamacare
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 2558 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

To have their coverage effectuated, consumers generally need to pay their first month’s health plan premium. This release does not include totals for effectuated enrollments.....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Expert Slams Hawaii Legislature for Lumping E-Cigs in with Tobacco
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 2627 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the new law incorrectly lumps e-cigarettes and lower-risk smokeless tobacco products in with the much more harmful nicotine cigarettes....

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Thursday, January 07, 2016
Study: E-Cig Vapers and Public Health Community Should be United Against Big Tobacco
By Ed Case @ 3:59 AM :: 2245 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

A recently published study proposes a pact between the public health community and the vaping community to combat a shared enemy, Big Tobacco....

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Confucius on Hawaii’s New Smoking Age
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:14 PM :: 2385 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement
“If you lead the people with administrative injunctions and keep the them orderly with penal law, they will avoid punishments but will be without a sense of personal ethics....”
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
KOLEA: After Burning $155M, Hawaii’s Other Obamacare Eligibility System Falls Short
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:45 PM :: 3083 Views :: Health Care

Med-QUEST Division did not properly plan for or implement the ACA....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Survey Designed to Push for Long Term Care Insurance Mandate
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 2406 Views :: Health Care

...only 24 percent trust that the government will help them....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Obamacare: COFA Gets 60 Day Extension after 4,300 fail to Reenroll
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 2690 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...the total number of lives covered through 2015 enrollment was 16,803. For the current 2016 open enrollment period preliminary reports indicate enrollments of approximately 12,500 lives....

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Monday, December 21, 2015
Report: Hawaii Youth Drug Overdose Deaths Double
By News Release @ 12:25 PM :: 3341 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii had the Sixth Lowest Rate of Youth Drug Overdose Death Rates, Rate has Doubled in Just Over a Decade....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Hawaii Poorly Prepared to Resist Infectious Disease Outbreak
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 2399 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii Scored Five Out of 10 on Key Indicators Related to Preventing, Detecting, Diagnosing and Responding to Outbreaks....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Vegetarian Questions
By Jack Dini @ 3:00 PM :: 3487 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

...fruits, vegetables, diary and seafood are more harmful to the environment because these foods have relatively high resource uses and green gas emissions per calorie....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
HHSC, DoH: Nineteen special funds and two trust funds did not meet criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:02 PM :: 2043 Views :: Health Care

Sixty-three special funds, revolving funds, trust funds, and trust accounts were reviewed....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Lawsuit: Deadly ‘Natural’ Supplement contained “methamphetamine-like chemical”
By Selected News Articles @ 12:53 PM :: 2875 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

'Natural' supplement makers are a key funding source for the anti-GMO movement....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Desperate: Obamacare Deadline Extended 48 Hours
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 2040 Views :: Health Care

...must enroll by 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Feds: ‘Organic Farms and General Opposition to Chemicals Present Insurmountable Obstacle’ to Dengue Eradication
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 3559 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

"...homeowner reluctance (many organic farms in the area and general opposition to chemicals) ... likely present unsurmountable obstacles...."

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Study: Honolulu Lowest Per-Patient Health Spending in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 AM :: 2293 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...spending per privately insured beneficiary in the highest spending HRR (Napa, CA) was $5,515.95, more than three times as high as spending in the lowest spending HRR (Honolulu, HI), which spent $1,707.38 per person....

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Friday, December 11, 2015
Medicare Penalizes Maui Memorial, Pali Momi, Wahiawa General over Safety Incidents
By Selected News Articles @ 12:20 AM :: 2830 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Medicare will lower all its payments to the penalized hospitals by 1 percent over the course of the federal fiscal year, which runs through September 2016....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Gambling with our health in 2016
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:04 PM :: 3036 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...our monthly premium is going up over $200 – an increase of 34%. To be able to afford health insurance, we are downgrading our health care plan....

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
National Report: Hawaii Ranks 6th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
By News Release @ 1:16 PM :: 2396 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
Tobacco Companies Spend $4 to Market Products for Every $1 Hawaii Spends on Prevention....
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Friday, December 04, 2015
Hawaii Biotech Receives Contract To Develop Dengue Vaccine–Anti-GMO Activist Gabbard Supports
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 2761 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

Leading anti-GMO, anti-Vaxxers, and anti-pesticide activists and politicians are supporting the GMO, vaccine, and pesticide application being used to fight dengue.  They are hypocrites and need to be called on it....

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