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Sunday, January 15, 2023
Hawaii Smoking Costs $3.5M Over Lifetime
By Selected News Articles @ 9:16 PM :: 1667 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 :: 2186 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 :: 1829 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 :: 1774 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 :: 1646 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 :: 1877 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 :: 2798 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 :: 1981 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 :: 2584 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 :: 2592 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 :: 1787 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 :: 1752 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 :: 1725 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 :: 1823 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 :: 2407 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 :: 2242 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 :: 3299 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 :: 1347 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 :: 1991 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 :: 1815 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 :: 1959 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 :: 1526 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 :: 1950 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 :: 1606 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 :: 1934 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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Friday, August 19, 2022
Kaiser mental health worker strike expands to Hawaii
By Court House News @ 10:46 AM :: 1724 Views :: Health Care, Labor

... Mental health workers will join their counterparts in California already on strike over understaffing and long wait times for patients ....

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Saturday, August 13, 2022
How to increase Hawaii’s healthcare capacity
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:32 AM :: 1728 Views :: Health Care

... the state has a critical shortage of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, the fewest hospital beds per capita in the U.S., and the 10th longest emergency room wait lines ....

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Friday, August 12, 2022
Ige Approves Emergency Rules to Hire Out-of-State Nurses
By News Release @ 3:28 AM :: 1747 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... the rules amend Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules Chapter 16-89, to allow for nurses to practice temporarily ....

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Sunday, August 7, 2022
Addressing the Tax Crisis in Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1729 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... According to the Hawaii Physician Shortage Crisis Task Force, taxes are one of the reason for the shortage ....

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Hawaii Skin Cancer Rates up 14%
By Selected News Articles @ 8:29 AM :: 1829 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Hawaii's 14% increase is second only to Arizona which increased 21% ....

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022
FDA: Puberty Blocker Side Effects Include Brain Swelling, Blindness
By Video @ 4:17 PM :: 2302 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

... Tulsi Gabbard Accuses Biden Administration of ‘Dangerously Promoting Child Abuse’ ....

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Sunday, July 31, 2022
We Need an Emergency Declaration for Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1763 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... with the current licensing requirements in place the workers won’t be able to work here until they get through a bunch of bureaucratic red tape.  The state of emergency could be used to bypass the licensing requirements ....

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Thursday, July 21, 2022
While Patients Wait, Hawaii Plays Favorites in Health Care
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 2255 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... Launching any type of business involves risk, but health care providers face an extra hurdle in Hawaii ....

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Monday, July 18, 2022
Kaiser Hawaii Mental Health Accreditation Threatened
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 2150 Views :: Health Care, Labor

... Citing “shortcomings in its behavioral health services,” the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which accredits all health insurers in the United States, has called for “corrective action” at Kaiser Permanente’s mental health clinics in Hawai’i ....

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Monday, June 27, 2022
How Many Anti-Vaxxers at Your School?
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 2630 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, COVID-19

... A Map of Regressive Progressives:  School by school data shows anti-vaxxers concentrated in areas known for anti-GMO and anti-Superferry protests ....

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Thursday, June 16, 2022
Hawaii Best Health Care During COVID
By News Release @ 6:30 AM :: 1735 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, COVID-19

... Hawaii and Massachusetts top the 2022 State Scorecard rankings, based on overall performance across 56 measures of health care access and quality, service use and cost, health disparities, and health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 ....

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
How much profit are private labs earning from PCR testing?
By UHERO @ 12:00 PM :: 2111 Views :: Economy, Health Care, COVID-19

“...In many concentrated insurance markets such as Hawaiʻi, insurers have few incentives to negotiate lower prices. They can easily pass these costs onto premiums without losing market share....”

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Monday, June 6, 2022
Hawaii Cost of Living Matched by Cost of Dying
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 AM :: 1832 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... The Cost of Dying: Average cost of funerals, cremations, and medical care ....

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Monday, June 6, 2022
Where it Pays to be a Nurse? -- not Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 AM :: 2236 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... the high cost of living makes Hawaii nurses the lowest-salaried nurses in the nation ....

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Friday, May 27, 2022
DoH Survey: 87% in Red Hill Impact Area Report Symptoms
By News Release @ 5:17 AM :: 1829 Views :: Environment, Health Care, Military

... Eighty-seven percent of over 2,000 survey participants reported at least one new or worsening health symptom following exposure to JP-5 jet fuel in the Navy water system. Thirty-seven percent sought medical care and 17 people reported being hospitalized overnight ....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Mental Health Workers Strike Kaiser Hawaii Facilities
By News Release @ 6:11 AM :: 3090 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Drugs

... Clinicians schedule statewide strike starting May 18 to force changes at HMO that serves 260,000 Hawaii residents ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Patient Safety--How Does Your Hospital Rank?
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 1690 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... New Hospital Safety Grades from The Leapfrog Group Highlight Pandemic-Era Declines in Patient Experience ....

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Friday, May 6, 2022
Hawaii 2nd Lowest Drug Abuse in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:30 PM :: 1826 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

... Drug Use by State: 2022’s Problem Areas ....

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Monday, April 11, 2022
HB1823: Legislators Sneak Same Day Assisted Suicide
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:40 PM :: 2098 Views :: Health Care, Life

... To eliminate waiting period physicians need only to "believe" the time period is too long ....

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Monday, March 21, 2022
Hawaii Among Worst States for Doctors
By Selected News Articles @ 4:58 PM :: 1820 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... 2022’s Best & Worst States for Doctors ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2022
Fat City Survey: Honolulu Ranks 95th in Obesity
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2020 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... slim pickings ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
We Have a Health Care Crisis – And Our Taxes Aren’t Helping
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1773 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Medicare will only reimburse medical work at “reasonable charges” and will not reimburse the doctors for the GET they have to pay ....

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
SB2282: Allow Nurses to Abort Babies Up to Viability
By Selected News Articles @ 4:06 PM :: 1848 Views :: Health Care, Life

... Barely a year after Hawaii began allowing nurses to abort first-trimester unborn babies, state lawmakers already are moving forward with legislation to allow nurses to do even more dangerous second-trimester abortions ....

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Change in Long-Term Care Costs in Hawaii Mixed
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 2156 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... in Hawaii the increase in the cost for assisted living facility care surpassed the national trend while the increase in costs for home care services was less than what was seen nationally ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
HB1919: No GE Tax on Food, Medical Care and Feminine Hygiene Products
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:07 AM :: 2353 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

... the regressive general excise tax is one of the reasons for Hawaii’s high cost of living ....

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