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Thursday, May 25, 2023
Surgeon General Warning: Social Media a profound risk to mental health of children
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1888 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

"... urgently take action to create safe and healthy digital environments that minimize harm and safeguard children’s and adolescents’ mental health ...."

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
A short list for the governor
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:32 AM :: 1981 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... use his line-item veto power to trim back this massive spending overreach, including the $200 million “slush fund” ...

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Saturday, May 20, 2023
VIDEO: Why Hawaii might soon have more doctors
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:01 PM :: 1710 Views :: Health Care

... SB674 awaiting the signature of Gov. Josh Green would allow physicians from other states to more easily practice here ....

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Monday, May 15, 2023
Hawaii Alzheimer's Patient Count Expected to Increase 20%
By Selected News Articles @ 5:19 AM :: 1886 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... States Where Alzheimer's Is Expected to Soar by 2025 ....

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Saturday, May 13, 2023
‘One step forward, one step back’ was Legislature’s MO
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 1949 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Small Business

... the Legislature approved a bill authorizing the state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which will help alleviate the state’s doctor shortage, but shelved other licensure compact bills that would have applied to nurses and other healthcare professionals. It also failed to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax ....

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Worst State for Nurses -- Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 8:00 PM :: 2158 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Annual Nursing Salary When Adjusted for Cost of Living ....

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Thursday, April 27, 2023
$18M to Keep Kona Hospital on Life Support
By News Release @ 8:21 PM :: 2193 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care

... toward upgrades to infrastructure to mitigate the risk of the hospital's closure ....

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Friday, April 14, 2023
HB1255: Crunch Time for West Maui Hospital
By News Release @ 6:43 AM :: 2152 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

... HB1255 and SB1476 in support of $20 million Special Purpose Revenue Bond (SPRB) for West Maui Hospital ....

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023
DoH Releases Hawai‘i Youth Risk Behavior Survey
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 2408 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care, Drugs

... Topics covered in the survey include unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy; protective factors; mental health and suicide; dietary behaviors; and physical activity ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Three reasons why Hawaii's healthcare is in trouble
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 AM :: 1884 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... three reasons: the state general excise tax, Hawaii's occupational licensure laws and the state's medical certificate-of-need laws ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Update Hawaii licensing laws to attract more doctors
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:05 AM :: 1838 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... medical professionals have found Hawaii to be an increasingly uninviting place to practice ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Maui Physician Charged with Unlawful Distribution of Hydrocodone
By News Release @ 6:13 PM :: 1740 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Drugs

... in June 2022, an undercover agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) sought an appointment with Boulange, posing as a new patient seeking a prescription of opioids ....

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023
After 42 Years Hawaii Finally Compliant with “Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services”
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 1782 Views :: Health Care

... Hawai‘i has joined the rest of the nation in implementing sweeping changes that enable residents with disabilities and older adults to live and participate fully in their communities ....

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Monday, March 20, 2023
Hawaii Worst State for Doctors
By Selected News Articles @ 10:54 PM :: 2148 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Hawaii ranks 51st ....

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Sunday, March 19, 2023
Abortion Bill Clears Final House Committee
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:09 PM :: 1951 Views :: Health Care, Life

... SB1SD2 added language (over 40 pages) to protect medical providers that perform abortions ....

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Thursday, February 23, 2023
New report urges licensure reform to boost ranks of medical workers
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:52 AM :: 1874 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says making it easier for qualified medical professionals to practice here would improve healthcare access ....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act Keeps Employer Insurance Costs High
By Selected News Articles @ 3:26 AM :: 1981 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... This can make it very difficult for Hawaii employers to offer HDHPs to their employees ....

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Saturday, February 18, 2023
Legislative Week in Review: Abortion, Drugs, Suicide
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:14 PM :: 2105 Views :: Health Care, Life, Drugs

... Hawaii Legislators' cradle-to-grave plan for your life .... 

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Thursday, February 16, 2023
DoH: Hawaii among highest hepatitis B death rates nationwide
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 1569 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... In 2019, the rate for Hawaiʻi (1.17 per 100,000) was almost three times the national rate (0.42 per 100,000) ....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Hawaii medical excise tax affecting patient care, physicians say
By Selected News Articles @ 4:54 AM :: 1693 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... A Hawaii resident diagnosed with breast cancer could not find a physician to treat her ....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Bills would remove GET for medical services
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:35 PM :: 869 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Legislators have introduced multiple bills in the 2023 legislative session that seek to remove the GET for medical services in Hawaii, either wholly or in part. They include ....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Hawaii leads in pharmacist-prescribed birth control
By News Release @ 3:15 PM :: 1501 Views :: Health Care, Life

... In 2017, Hawaii became the sixth state to extend pharmacist prescriptive authority to contraception ....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023
New report makes case for exempting medical services from Hawaii's GET
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:57 AM :: 1412 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... removing the tax would lower medical costs and help alleviate the state's doctor shortage ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Proposed Hawaii State Privacy Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 1715 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Small Business

... Hawaii lawmakers introducing consumer privacy bills and biometric privacy bills ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Sister Isles Among Worst Doctor Shortage in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 PM :: 1588 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

... a recent national study of 3,000 counties in America found the Big Island has the third-worst shortage of healthcare providers in primary care, Maui has the fifth-worst shortage of healthcare providers in America, and Kauai has the 13th worst shortage ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2023
Hawaii Smoking Costs $3.5M Over Lifetime
By Selected News Articles @ 9:16 PM :: 1567 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... 6th highest in USA ....

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Thursday, December 29, 2022
Hawaii:  Long, expensive road for government permission to work
By Selected News Articles @ 5:31 PM :: 2075 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business

... spend nearly three times as long on educational requirements and be faced with shelling out twice as much in associated fees ....

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Sunday, December 25, 2022
Emergency Rule Extends Licensure Waiver for Nurses to Temporarily Practice in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:00 PM :: 1728 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... The emergency rule is effective for 120 days (eff. 12/5/2022 – 4/4/2023) ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
Report: Hawaii among five healthiest states
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 1682 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... The healthiest states were New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Hawaii: Critically Low Lung Cancer Screening Rates Reveal Opportunity to Save More Lives
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 1534 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Hawaii ranks last in nation for early lung cancer diagnosis ....

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Thursday, November 17, 2022
Hawaii Short 3,873 Healthcare Professionals
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 1780 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... The state’s need for healthcare professionals has grown 76 percent – from 2,200 job openings in 2019 to 3,873 openings today ....

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Thursday, November 10, 2022
Why is there a doctor shortage in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:55 PM :: 2632 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... The state is short more than 1,000 doctors, which means some patients cannot get care, and the ones who do have to wait a long time. ...

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Thursday, November 10, 2022
Respiratory Syncytial Virus and influenza are increasing in Hawaii
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 1873 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, COVID-19

... RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms ....

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022
75% of Hawaii Rural Hospitals at Risk of Closing
By News Release @ 7:41 PM :: 2477 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Hawaii has the highest percentage of at-risk rural hospitals in USA ...

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Saturday, November 5, 2022
Hawaii Supreme Court: Hawaii MDs Eligible for Enhanced Medicaid Payments
By Andrew Walden @ 9:00 PM :: 2503 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care

...  the Hawaii Department of Human Services spent seven years litigating against an honest doctor in Hilo.  They lost ....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Community health workers don’t need licensing, auditor says; is Legislature listening?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:17 PM :: 1700 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... A proposed certification scheme for community health workers would burden the workers and raise prices for everyone, according to a new report by Hawaii Office of the State Auditor ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
Defamation trial begins in pregnancy porn promotion case
By Court House News @ 5:40 AM :: 1683 Views :: Health Care

... Doula defendants take the stand against a fellow birth worker they accused of enticing women into creating maternity and breastfeeding porn ....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
GE Tax Takes $200M Bite out of Health Care
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:02 PM :: 1640 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

“If we exempted medical care from the general excise tax it would save doctors and patients more than $200 million [a year]. And that would help keep doctors in our state, rather than having to flee the state to earn money elsewhere...."

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Saturday, October 22, 2022
Front Page News: Petition to End GE Tax on Medical Care
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:51 PM :: 1736 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... the petition, which can be viewed here, calls on lawmakers to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax ....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022
'Creating safe spaces for LGBTQ' -- DoE Signs Statewide K-12 Mental Tele-Health Contract
By News Release @ 4:41 AM :: 2255 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

"... LGBTQ+ students should have equitable access to confidential healthcare ...."

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Video clip on Hawaii doctor shortage goes viral
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:15 AM :: 2144 Views :: Kauai County, Health Care

... In just two days, 48 seconds of PA James Winkler talking about the lack of doctors on Kauai has logged almost 610,000 views ....

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Saturday, October 8, 2022
Putting a human face on Hawaii's doctor shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:31 PM :: 3185 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

... they told me, ‘Send this person to Costco’ ....

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Thursday, October 6, 2022
Petition aims to exempt medical costs from Hawaii's general excise tax
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:05 PM :: 1283 Views :: Health Care

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has launched a petition urging the Hawaii Legislature to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax ....

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Honolulu Ranks 112th for People with Disabilities
By Selected News Articles @ 10:13 PM :: 1889 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... The average monthly Social Security disability benefit as of August 2022 was only $1,231.80 ....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Skin Cancer News: Maui Sunscreen Ban goes into Effect October 1
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 1703 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Health Care

... the terms “reef friendly” and “reef safe” are not regulated ....

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022
States that Vaccinate the Most--Hawaii 34th
By Wallet Hub @ 9:58 AM :: 1890 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... there is still a significant chunk of the population that is hesitant to get the vaccine ....

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Thursday, September 8, 2022
First Bargaining Session Since Beginning of Kaiser Strike
By News Release @ 2:23 AM :: 1445 Views :: Health Care, Labor

... Union Reports No Progress in First Bargaining Session Since Beginning of Strike, No Talks Scheduled This Week, Picketing Continues Today, Sept. 7 on Maui ....

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Hawaii's Doctor Shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 AM :: 1872 Views :: Health Care

... how bad is it and what can we do about it ....

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Friday, September 2, 2022
​Military families sue US over water contaminated by Navy jet fuel
By Court House News @ 4:28 PM :: 1515 Views :: Health Care, Military

... The Navy’s “toxic secrets” contributed to severe health issues for military families in Hawaii who were forced to drink tainted water and denied appropriate medical care, according to the lawsuit ....

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Monday, August 29, 2022
Mental Health Workers Strike Kaiser Beginning Monday
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 1818 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...Clinicians will strike for as long as it takes to make Kaiser address an understaffing crisis that leaves patients waiting months for therapy sessions....

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